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Hysterical History

Alexis Lord and Hailey Strickon

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Hysterical History is a comedy podcast where Alexis and Hailey, friends and history lovers, tell each other wacky yet factual stories from the past. Join them every TUESDAY for laughs and weird history realness.
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50:45 | Jul 2nd

Happy Independence Day (in two days)! For the birthday of America, here's an episode about Benjamin Franklin and his hoaxes, satire, and whether or not he was a huge slut.Special thanks to Swing Whale,Katherine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward for our mu...Show More

57:28 | Jul 2nd

Happy Independence Day (in two days)! For the birthday of America, here's an episode about Benjamin Franklin and his hoaxes, satire, and whether or not he was a huge slut.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:16:46 | Feb 18th

Happy Presidents' Day! In order to educate your understanding of presidents near and far, Hysterical History comes a day early! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about William Henry Harrison, barely a president, and António de Oliveira Salazar, ...Show More

55:38 | Sep 10th

In this episode, we answer your questions! We're sorry that we only have this this week instead of a regular episode, but Hailey's out of town and we miscounted how many episodes we'd need. We didn't do well in math, please forgive us. Next week will...Show More

1:02:21 | Sep 10th

In this episode, we answer your questions! We're sorry that we only have this this week instead of a regular episode, but Hailey's out of town and we miscounted how many episodes we'd need. We didn't do well in math, please forgive us. Next week will...Show More

1:10:56 | Sep 3rd

In this episode, we pick up where Mary left off, with a dead husband and mother, moving back to a country she knows nothing about. Get ready for two more marriages to terrible husbands, an explosive death, and a beheading!Special thanks to Swing Whal...Show More

36:30 | Aug 29th

We know Lizzie Borden is a complex women who might have been a murderer, but the REAL question is....what did she look like?!? In this bonus episode, Alexis goes through all the excessive and strange descriptions of Lizzie's and Emma's appearances.

1:19:38 | Aug 27th

You asked and here it is! The first part of a two part episode about Mary, Queen of Scots. In this part, Alexis teaches Hailey about how Mary is more French than Scottish in some ways that create problems in her life, her first marriage, and why 1560...Show More

41:17 | Aug 24th

It's more fun than it sounds, I promise! We guess state birds and flowers and literally scream with anger. But no worries, we warn you so you can turn it down...usually. We get more right than predicted, but Alexis does not know what state To Kill a ...Show More

59:13 | Aug 22nd

In this mini, we read emails about mommy kissing Santa Claus, people scaring their neighbors with laughter and how our fans span generations. Join us for the randomness!

1:32:45 | Aug 20th

Part two of Galileo where we discuss a supernova, gossip at brunch and Galileo's trial!Special thanks to Swing Whale and Machine Gaming for our music!

1:05:08 | Aug 14th

Do you know how tall Satan is? Galileo figured it out, with math! In our first episode about Galileo, we discuss his younger years of trying to prove Aristotle was wrong, succeeding, and still being fired. Special thanks to Swing Whale and Machine Ga...Show More

1:30:55 | Aug 6th

Our second installment of the history of the Borden Murders, from inside the Borden house. Did Lizzie do it? And even if she did, was there any evidence to prove it? Who does Alexis theorize did it? Tune in to find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale f...Show More

36:30 | Aug 1st

Join us for another mini, where we read emails, reviews and messages <3Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!If you want to send us something, send it to 595 156th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA, 98007 E-102

1:24:06 | Jul 30th

Welcome to a special episode on location at the Lizzie Borden house! It's a Bed and Breakfast now, so we stayed the night, and recorded some episodes about Lizzie and the murders that took place there. Did Lizzie do it? Was it the maid? The uncle? Th...Show More

45:26 | Jul 29th

We read your emails, your comments and your reviews! Absinthe cocktails and beef between our fans is discussed.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!Mail us something to 595 156th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA, 98007, E-102

1:00:19 | Jul 23rd

Have you ever wanted to be a religious leader, king of an island, and in state government? Well, James Jesse Strang is your hero! Tune in this week, when Hailey teaches Alexis about a break off group from the Mormons that we first heard about from a ...Show More

59:52 | Jul 18th

We read so many emails and reviews (thanks for sending them!) and learn how we irritate our listeners! If you want to be featured in an episode, email us at hystericalhistorypodcast@gmail.com!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

57:28 | Jul 16th

There are many heroes in war, but they usually aren't this cute! Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about animals who have been used in war, some of whom are very decorated American heroes.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!If you w...Show More

55:07 | Jul 9th

Ever wondered why it's called America? Well, after Amerigo Vespucci, of course! But why is it after his first name? And is anything the scoundrel says trustworthy or did people make up fake news about him? Tune in this week to find out!Special thanks...Show More

1:03:01 | Jul 4th

For our bonus episode this week, we try to guess each states flag, just by looking at it! We...don't do very well with flags or our American geography off the top of our heads...The powerpoint will be posted on our Facebook page, so you can play alon...Show More

37:43 | Jun 29th

Even more of your emails read in this episode! A continuation of the previous mini, here we finish off our emails from the giant cluster of love we had! Thank all of you so much for emailing us and sending us cute animal and kid picks, and reminding ...Show More

1:00:50 | Jun 27th

In this Hysterical Mini, Hailey and Alexis take hysteria to the next level, with so many emails and so many tangents, it had to be split into two parts! No history here unless it's in an email so, if that's what you are looking for, move along to one...Show More

1:08:14 | Jun 25th

When syphilis appears suddenly in Europe, how do we figure out who is at fault? By pointing a finger at whatever country we like the least, of course! Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about syphilis, how nasty it can get, how easy it is to...Show More

58:00 | Jun 19th

Charles Guiteau has everything handed to him and still can't seem to get what he wants. Would killing the president help? Tune in this week and find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

57:30 | Jun 19th

Charles Guiteau has everything handed to him and still can't seem to get what he wants. Would killing the president help? Tune in this week and find out!Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

52:31 | Jun 11th

Happy pride month! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Julie D'Aubigny, a bisexual woman who rescued her lover from a convent, was pardoned twice by the Sun King, and dueled any man who gave her trouble.Special thanks to Swing Whale and 8 Bi...Show More

1:11:27 | Jun 4th

Napoleon died on May 5, 1821, but his body continued a journey around the world...well, his penis did, at least. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Napoleon's penis, how it was snatched from his body, who bought it, and where it finally end...Show More

43:01 | Jun 2nd

Want to hear us read your emails or reviews? Or our outtakes for a promo we recorded for other podcasts? Listen to this extra bonus episode and get all that and more!

1:08:10 | May 28th

What do you do when your nose gets sliced off in a sword duel over math? Get a new gold one to show off how rich you are, of course! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about Tycho Brahe, who had a pet moose, a servant who was a little person...Show More

1:18:37 | May 21st

People come in all shapes sizes and colors, including black, white, and...blue? Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about the Blue Fugates, a family with a strange genetic abnormality that is compounded upon with some good old inbreeding. Scie...Show More

53:13 | May 14th

You've heard of Copernicus's discovery, but do you know how he got there? Tune in this week when Hailey tells Alexis about Copernicus and how you don't always end up where you intend to.Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!And a shoutout to Gr...Show More

15:11 | May 11th

In this Hysterical Mini, Alexis and Hailey read your emails, reviews, and comments, but mostly talk about whether or not Hanson is dead and escalators

1:16:18 | May 7th

Catherine de Medici supposedly had a "stable of whores" to do her political bidding called the Flying Squadron. But was it real or just another lie about a foreigner queen? Join us for our second Catherine de Medici episode where we tried to solve th...Show More

1:10:33 | May 7th

Have you ever wondered how paleontologists know what a bone was for or where the head goes on a skeleton? Turns out, they often don't! Or didn't in the past, at least. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about mistakes about butt brains, bones that look...Show More

48:32 | Apr 24th

Ever wanted to hear our expert commentary on the accuracy of historical dramas and movies? Well, then buckle up for this bonus episode! In this, you can watch along with us, as Hailey and Alexis critique the CW show, Reign. Get ready for the bad, the...Show More

1:25:14 | Apr 23rd

Catherine de Medici was a queen, a Medici, and Italian. But was she a poisoner and a witch, like some sources would lead you to believe? Join us this week as Alexis and Hailey discuss astrology, witchcraft, and Catholicism! Special thanks to Swing Wh...Show More

25:38 | Apr 19th

We've gotten so many reviews and emails recently, we created a little mini-episode to focus on those! Tune in to this snippet where people want to mail us knitted items, think we're witches or stalkers, and someone listened to our podcast by accident...Show More

1:09:36 | Apr 16th

Happy 100th episode! To celebrate, Hailey teaches Alexis about the history of hysteria and why she can't spell history correctly the first time anymore. Get ready for some female anatomy talk. And thanks to everyone who listens, we couldn't have gott...Show More

1:16:15 | Apr 9th

Now that World War II is over, what's America to do with all these extra nuclear bombs? Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about Operation Plowshare, an attempt by the American government to use nukes during peacetimes for engineering projec...Show More

1:10:56 | Apr 2nd

What do you get when the government makes a weird law and medical school's need bodies to dissect? Graverobbing and murder, that's what! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about the intricate rules of how to snatch a body, how to keep one fr...Show More

1:36:11 | Mar 27th

Queen Victoria was almost assassinated not one, not two times, but eight times! Join us to learn who tried to kill her, why they tried, how they failed and the strange disparity in punishments between perpetrators. Special thanks to Swing Whale for o...Show More

1:04:16 | Mar 19th

Have you made any scientific discoveries? Were they funded by collecting taxes from the starving Third Estate? And did your wife make sure you'd be remembered? No, that was all for Antoine! Join us this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about Madame Lav...Show More

1:10:21 | Mar 12th

On the anniversary of the incident (totally planned and not random chance), Alexis teaches Hailey about the numerous pitfalls of Prince Alfred's trip to Australia. Join us for buildings burning down, fountains filled with wine, and multiple people be...Show More

1:12:03 | Mar 5th

What happens when the only primary source about a person is their own sibling? Bias, that's what! Tune in this week to hear Hailey teach Alexis about a surprise mystery figure described as having a beautiful singing organ and...tiny baby-hands? Speci...Show More

1:30:57 | Feb 26th

Do you like stories with multiple assassinations, a queen running the show, a war, and explosions? Then this episode is for you! Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Queen Min and her journey from orphan to Empress. Special thanks to Swin...Show More

1:36:41 | Feb 12th

Every time a war or natural disaster occurs, people look to Nostradamus's prediction to try and find a source for the atrocities. But what of the man behind the thousands of years of prophecies? This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the French man o...Show More

1:04:44 | Feb 5th

Camouflage is rather new in its use in war, and sometimes seems counter-intuitive, like a boat painted like a zebra? Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis all about hiding in plain sight in war. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! Check...Show More

1:35:55 | Jan 29th

Religious freedom can be good..until it turns into a cult! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Siege of Munster, at Peter's suggestion, and how they go from pacifists to cannibalism. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music! Check out Alexi...Show More

1:10:22 | Jan 22nd

What's better than average sized soldiers? Giant soldiers, of course! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis that no one likes their dad in Prussia, but some have better reasons for it than others. Join us for family squabbles that sounds right out of Game...Show More

1:42:23 | Jan 15th

Madison was charismatic, warm, and...buxom? Not James, though, we're talking about Dolley! This week, Alexis teaches guest star and her roommate, Alyssa, about Dolley Madison, America's first First Lady, who saved Washington (in painting form) and ma...Show More

53:03 | Jan 8th

What do you do when the last pope really hecked things up? If you're Pope Stephen VI, you dig him up and put him on trial! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about the all the madness that was the Cadaver Synod! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our mu...Show More

1:10:52 | Jan 1st

Holidays got you sad and hungover? Well, this is just the pick-me-up episode for you! In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis how ancient Egyptians, Romans, the Irish, and cowboys all cured their hangovers. And the cures only involved corpse medicine ...Show More

1:01:44 | Dec 18th, 2018

History is a snausage fest, but sometimes an epic lady sneaks into the mix, and beheads a bunch of dudes. Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Tomoe Gozen, a lady samurai who became a Japanese icon. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our m...Show More

1:37:58 | Dec 11th, 2018

Have you ever felt like everything in the world around you could break you? Have you also felt like you were a saint from hundreds of years ago? If you answered yes to both, you might be Charles the Mad! Join us this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey ab...Show More

1:04:21 | Dec 4th, 2018

Did someone say Celtic queen? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the much requested Queen Boudica, how the Romans truly were the worst, and how she left her mark on history forever, quite literally. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:10:43 | Nov 27th, 2018

Have you ever seen a city on a shining hill and thought, wouldn't it be so fun to burn it down and take prisoners? Vikings sure have! This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about Hastein, a Viking leader from the 9th century who set his sights on the great...Show More

1:11:21 | Nov 20th, 2018

Have you ever wanted to get so drunk that you see fairies, hallucinate, and do better art? Absinthe might be your drink...or maybe not? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about absinthe, the truth and the misconceptions fabricated by the wine industry....Show More

1:16:59 | Nov 14th, 2018

People who jump from great heights usually have a plan. Some hope to land safely while others hope to perish. But those plans don't always pan out, for better or for worse. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a tailor and his parachute, Fran...Show More

1:06:42 | Nov 7th, 2018

What do you do when the British come to your island nation and put up their flag? CUT IT DOWN. Then rinse and repeat until war starts. In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Flagstaff War and the shenanigans that ensued. Special thanks to S...Show More

1:23:37 | Oct 31st, 2018

Was Frankenstein based on a real guy? And did he discover blue? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a man with ambitions and funnels. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:40:14 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A monster attacked two hundred people in the south of France in only a few years. Was it a werewolf? An escaped lion or hyena? Shia LaBeouf? In this episode, Hailey tells the spooky story of the Beast of Gevaudan. Special thanks to Swing Whale for ou...Show More

1:26:28 | Oct 16th, 2018

Did you know that when you eat a pineapple, it tries to eat you back? Or that at one point, people rented pineapples to seem rich? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey some of the history of pineapples in Europe and in the United States. Special th...Show More

1:18:13 | Oct 10th, 2018

Happy month of scares, listeners! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the terrifying tale, but maybe slightly less terrifying than you think, of Elizabeth Bathory. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:02:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Slavery is a terrible, not funny subject. However, some of the ways people escaped slavery were ingenious and downright wacky. Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about 5 different slave escape stories, each crazier than the last. Special tha...Show More

51:20 | Sep 25th, 2018

All cities have personalities in their design, the way they run, and the people who built them and live in them today. In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis how Seattle got its quirky start, with poop explosions and the madame who ran the place. Spe...Show More

43:03 | Sep 11th, 2018

The second part of the War of the Roses episode! Get ready for even more bad decisions, battles, crown swapping, and mayhem! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

50:50 | Sep 5th, 2018

Do you like history? Do you like Game of Thrones? Then you're gonna love to hear the historical war Game of Thrones is based on! Tune in this week and next week, in a special two-part episode, as Alexis teaches Hailey about the War of the Roses (also...Show More

59:33 | Aug 29th, 2018

People going to trial for murder is as old as time itself. But...animals going to trial for crimes? A more common and recent occurrence than you think. Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about animals who have gone to trial against people...w...Show More

1:14:15 | Aug 21st, 2018

Olympic events come and go every time a new country gets ahold of them. But usually those events are all generally recognized as sports. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about events that happened at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, a now unrecognized Oly...Show More

54:39 | Aug 15th, 2018

When women kill, they often use poison, but Locusta made poisoning an art. Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the ancient assassin who killed Roman emperors and transformed history. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:10:21 | Aug 7th, 2018

We've talked about a war fought over a bucket, but have you heard of a war fought over a pastry shop? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey how a Mexican revolution leads to a French blockade of Mexico's ports and how General Santa Anna's leg ended ...Show More

40:19 | Aug 1st, 2018

What does it take for a country to go to war with another? Usually, a border disagreement, or continual frustration between the two nations. But sometimes, all it takes is a stolen bucket. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about thousands of people dy...Show More

55:08 | Jul 24th, 2018

Have you ever wanted to fly in a hot air balloon? Well, hopefully your ride will go better than Vincenzo Lunardi's and has less animals onboard. Join us this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about an Italian hot air balloon pilot in England known as the...Show More

1:28:04 | Jul 18th, 2018

Have you ever suffered from the Mandela Effect, where you forgot if he died in jail, or is it's Berenstein or Berenstain Bears? Or have you forgotten an entire president of the United States? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the life of Chester...Show More

59:01 | Jun 12th, 2018

China has a history of being interested in art and writing and...penises? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey an ancient and modern story about eunuchs and the difference between having family jewels or losing them. Special thanks to Swing Whale f...Show More

1:01:03 | Jun 5th, 2018

Fairies aren't real...are they? In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Cottingley Fairies, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and also they talk about the Great British Bake Off a lot. Sorry for the sound quality at the beginning. We were on the wrong ...Show More

1:15:52 | May 29th, 2018

Most of the time in war, soldiers are there to take the enemy out as a team. But Guy Gabaldon is a Marine on a personal nightly mission to save the enemy in Saipan. Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about a guy who was willing to put his lif...Show More

1:10:18 | May 22nd, 2018

What do regicide, bogs and Nicholas Cage all have in common? The answer might be nipple sucking! Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis all about a possibly real ancient practice and the arduous journey a historian can take to get to the truth. ...Show More

1:21:17 | May 15th, 2018

Brand deals are everywhere now, but you know who got the first one ever? An elephant named Jumbo! He went from the African bush to being a sensation at the London Zoo, and even part of P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show On Earth! Join Hailey in learning fro...Show More

53:24 | May 9th, 2018

Is Jack the Ripper Canadian? This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about a terrible Canadian man who loves poison and murder and moved to London at a convenient time...also he has the WORST NAME EVER.

57:30 | Apr 24th, 2018

Have you ever felt like you just had to dance? What about without music and until your feet bled? Or until you died? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Dancing Plague of 1518, and how this town makes the town in Footloose almost seem re...Show More

1:10:41 | Apr 17th, 2018

Peter the Great had a big impact on Russia's history and development. But was he really as great as people say he was? Or was he just a weird party animal who stole people's wigs? Or....both? Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about the Russ...Show More

1:18:16 | Apr 11th, 2018

Louis Le Prince invented the single lens video camera and recorded the first film, but if you've heard of him, it's probably because of his disappearance. Right before he was scheduled to unveil his invention to the world, Le Prince didn't arrive on ...Show More

47:11 | Apr 3rd, 2018

What should you do when rats are crawling up your toilets and giving you the plague? Not listen to Paul Doumer, that's what. Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about why extermination orders don't work. Sorry about the sound quality, especia...Show More

1:40:22 | Mar 27th, 2018

Tesla and Edison were the ultimate bitter rivals during the Current War. Nikola Tesla, a poet of science, against Thomas Edison, the greatest proponent of the experimental method. In this episode, Alexis teaches special guest, Lane, about the greates...Show More

1:12:25 | Mar 21st, 2018

Got a lot of money and nothing to do? How about building a house for 38 years straight? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about the Winchester House and how grief can make you do some weird things.

1:06:54 | Mar 13th, 2018

Nero is a famous Emperor of Rome for a lot of reasons, most of them fire related. But are they true? Or did historians give him a bad name? Tune in this week, as Hailey teaches Alexis about how Nero may or may not have been the worst. Special thanks ...Show More

50:52 | Mar 7th, 2018

The Masons are a secretive club today, but in the 1700s, there were a whole bunch! Tune in this week, as Alexis teaches Hailey about her favorite one, The Hellfire Club. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:09:40 | Feb 28th, 2018

You all know Joan of Arc is Alexis's favorite lady, but who is Hailey's? In this episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who ruled Egypt intelligently and peacefully. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

59:42 | Feb 21st, 2018

As a child, Joan of Arc just wanted to weave, dodge, and be a good future wife. But God burdened her with a glorious purpose to save France as a teenager. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about her favorite historical lady, Joan of Arc. Special thank...Show More

53:37 | Feb 14th, 2018

Many religions preach a God in Heaven blessing the people down below on Earth. But do the blessings usually come as physical cargo in boxes? In today's episode, Hailey teaches Alexis about people in Oceania worshipping military men in cargo cults. Sp...Show More

1:17:20 | Feb 6th, 2018

Chevalier D'Eon lived life as a spy, a diplomat, and a man. But returned to France a woman. In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about a decorated war hero who might have been a woman all along. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:20:11 | Jan 30th, 2018

Do you have a persistent cough and think you might have consumption? If you're in America between 1700 and the 1910s, you might have a vampire on your hands! Tune in this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the much less famous vampires of the US and...Show More

44:40 | Jan 23rd, 2018

What did 13-year-old boys do before video games? They became absolute monarchs and lost their minds! Join Hailey this week as Alexis teaches her about an emperor who starved his harem, tried to tame tigers and had an alter ego who was a General. Spec...Show More

57:05 | Jan 17th, 2018

Germany didn't have enough resources, soldiers, or money to even hope to win World War 2 when it started. What did they have? Drugs! This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the Third Reich and how they hated all drugs, expect meth! Special thanks to S...Show More

1:07:59 | Jan 10th, 2018

The Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination kicked off the first World War. But, despite careful planning, it very nearly didn't happen. Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey all about how a wrong turn and a sandwich shop lead to his demise. Sp...Show More

53:31 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Happy New Year! But was it always? This week Hailey teaches Alexis about ancient celebrations of the new year, when they celebrated, how they celebrated and how people in America celebrate now. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:00:16 | Dec 20th, 2017

Fidel Castro may be dead now, but for decades he was a thorn in America's side. One the CIA tried quite a few times to remove. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about a few of the apparent 638 attempts on Fidel Castro's life by the CIA. Special thanks...Show More

44:14 | Dec 5th, 2017

The Bible is long and filled with different books and stories...but some of them didn't make the cut. Tune in this week as Hailey, the atheist, teaches Alexis, the Christian, about Jesus making people blind, blowing up snakes and literally murdering ...Show More

57:54 | Nov 28th, 2017

America was built on the foundations of punk rock, those being anti-establishment sentiments and the need to rebel against the man. And no one exhibits these themes in pre-U.S. history more than Anne Hutchinson. Join us this week, as Alexis teaches H...Show More

59:36 | Nov 14th, 2017

Who are your ancestors? In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Stephen Hopkins, her 10th great-grandfather, who came over on the Mayflower. Happy early Thanksgiving! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:00:03 | Nov 7th, 2017

Ever had a headache so bad that you wanted to literally burn a hole in your skull? Or tie a dead mole to your head? In this week's episode, Hailey describes some ancient methods of curing headaches that seem insane, and probably don't work. Special t...Show More

1:04:34 | Oct 30th, 2017

Slavery has never been a good thing, but in this spooky scary episode, mistreatment has been taken to the extreme. Join Hailey in learning from Alexis about Delphine Lalaurie, a woman who tortured her slaves enough and in such disturbing ways that it...Show More

53:49 | Oct 23rd, 2017

What happens when 10 hikers go on an adventure in winter in Russia? Only one survives, of course! Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about the dreaded mystery for spooky scary Halloween fortnight! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:18:37 | Oct 16th, 2017

Most absolute rulers just kill people who are insubordinate. But what if they're in your family? And what does any of this have to do with Swedish monarchy? Tune in this week as Alexis teaches Hailey about Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a man who sa...Show More

53:01 | Oct 9th, 2017

Do you love potato chips? Mashed potatoes? French fries? Well, the French weren't always too keen on potatoes. Join Alexis in learning as Hailey teaches how French snobbery almost killed the French people and how the royal family tricked people into ...Show More

1:28:30 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Ever wished you could be a prince or princess of your own country? Well, one man made that a reality and started his own nation. This week, Alexis teaches Hailey about debatably the smallest nation in the world; Sealand! Special thanks to Swing Whale...Show More

1:25:11 | Sep 25th, 2017

Sometimes wars aren't fought by countries, but just by men who have strong feelings about BONES. This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about Marsh and Cope, two men, once friends, who started an epic war over dinosaur bones in America in the 19th century....Show More

50:11 | Sep 18th, 2017

Disney is a magical place where people gather from all over the world and there's never a trash can more than a few steps from you. But the opening day of Disney was not so magical...or clean. Join Hailey in learning the horrors of opening day of Dis...Show More

1:02:22 | Sep 11th, 2017

The Olympics are a spectacle and generally heavily organized now, but in 1904, that was not the case in Missouri. Join us this week as Hailey teaches Alexis about how marathon runners did drugs, took naps, and used cars during the race. Special thank...Show More

1:01:14 | Sep 4th, 2017

Jemmy Hirst was a farmer in Northern England, who had a penchant for inventing and training animals to do...less than conventional jobs for him. Join Hailey in learning about all his crazy animal training as Alexis teaches her about her new favorite ...Show More

1:07:49 | Aug 28th, 2017

Get ready to feel great about your poetry from middle school! Hailey teaches Alexis about the worst poet possibly ever, William McGonagall, and has the receipts to prove it. Special thanks from Swing Whale for our music!

1:11:20 | Aug 21st, 2017

Think face tattoos are hardcore? Well, in the 1800s, they were unheard of on white women...except for Olive Oatman. Join Hailey this week in learning about the crazy story of how Olive Oatman became the first white woman with a tattoo in the U.S. Spe...Show More

1:13:44 | Aug 15th, 2017

Everyone knows about Rasputin, but not many people know there was a pre-Rasputin in Russia. Join Alexis in learning about him as Hailey tells her about a terrible charlatan who likely set Rasputin up perfectly to topple Russia. Special thanks to Swin...Show More

1:10:37 | Aug 8th, 2017

In this two part episode, Alexis reveals that Jackson's and Calhoun's, president and vice president, hate for each other began over a petty disagreement between cabinet wives and fun facts about Mount Rushmore, although we prefer the name President M...Show More

1:05:35 | Jul 31st, 2017

The Cold War was a long stream of paranoia for most people, but for those between Big Diomede and Little Diomede, it was sneaking across the border to preach and drink together, be it by swimming or bath tub boating. Join Alexis this week as Hailey t...Show More

1:02:56 | Jul 24th, 2017

You know how usually there is only one pope? Not in the 1400s! Join Hailey in learning as Alexis tells about a time when there was not one, not two, but three popes, all at once! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

1:18:01 | Jul 18th, 2017

Alexis explains the strange, complex sport of cycling with Hailey, which includes Egyptian obelisks, dog crashes and a death by drowning! Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

55:56 | Jul 11th, 2017

This week, Hailey teaches Alexis about the brave domestic war Australians fought against...the dreaded emus. Who are totally dinosaurs, and also what are their legs doing? We just don't know. Learn about emu guerilla war tactics and samurai syndrome ...Show More

1:06:44 | Jul 4th, 2017

In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about Canada's best kept secret, the cult leader Brother XII! Who is Madame Zee? Why did people give up all their possessions to join him? Did he possess black magic? And are his mason jars of gold coins buried?...Show More

54:01 | Jun 26th, 2017

In 1935, a war was started. But instead of with weapons, this war was fought with the stinky-est cheese people could find: Limburger. Hailey takes Alexis through the science of the cheese making process, the various battles, and then they put themsel...Show More

1:15:43 | Jun 21st, 2017

In this episode, Alexis teaches Hailey about multiple food crises, including three molasses spills/floods and the Norwegian Butter Crisis. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music!

51:49 | Jun 12th, 2017

In this episode, Hailey thoroughly grosses out Alexis with facts about animals and their parts being used in electrical science in the 18th and 19th centuries. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our music

1:03:18 | Jun 5th, 2017

Do you know the French surgeon, Ambroise Pare? Join Hailey in learning from Alexis about the man who pioneered the scientific method in a time when doctors were more interested in ancient medicine, and the first wars in Europe with bullets. Special t...Show More

50:25 | May 29th, 2017

Is Europe inherently better than America? That's what scientists argued in the 18th and 19th centuries. Hailey teaches Alexis about their arrogance, as well as the great lengths Thomas Jefferson went to prove them wrong. Guest appearance by Benjamin ...Show More

1:06:08 | May 23rd, 2017

Are wars funny? Not usually, but Alexis and Hailey find the humor in the Russo-Japanese war. Join us as we follow all the antics of a Russian Baltic fleet as it spends half the war sailing around the world to get to the battlefield. Special thanks to...Show More

58:40 | May 16th, 2017

Hailey (who is still a little sick) teaches Alexis about Hannibal ...Barca, not Lecter. He famously road elephants over the alps all the way to Rome to fight and lose the Second Punic War. Join us to learn about Roman haters, how obsession leads to d...Show More

1:14:03 | May 2nd, 2017

Governeur Morris is the coolest Founding Frat Boy you've never heard of! Join Hailey in learning about this smart, sassy and sexy author of the Constitution as Alexis recounts the ins and outs of his crazy life. Special thanks to Swing Whale for our ...Show More

57:01 | Apr 26th, 2017

Hailey explains why Harriet Tubman, saint and national treasure, is much more suited to grace the $20 bill than old Sharp Knife the murderer, Andrew Jackson. Thanks to Swingwhale for our music and our listeners for being awesome! Rate and review us o...Show More

1:14:32 | Apr 17th, 2017

On this episode, Alexis tears down Andrew Jackson with straight up facts, and she and Hailey discuss why this monster of a president was ever on money at all. Special thanks to Swingwhale for our intro and outro music. Please rate us on iTunes! And t...Show More

53:03 | Apr 10th, 2017

In this installment of Hysterical History: Evil Ladies Edition, Hailey teaches Alexis about Fredegund, the most murderous of evil stepmothers, Greg the Tool who thinks he is all that and a member of Senate (which does not exist at the time), and hist...Show More

1:02:01 | Apr 4th, 2017

Let's talk about interesting women! As well as: What is zoning? Where did Oregon get all its homeless people? Who is Sheela Patel and why is she judged for her looks instead of how she poisoned people in the 1980's? Listen to learn alongside Hailey a...Show More

46:35 | Mar 20th, 2017

This week Alexis talks about Turk, the chess robot, who beat Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, and maybe Catherine The Great, at chess in the 18th and 19th centuries. Why was it built? How did it work? Was it evil? Listen and find out! Special thanks to S...Show More

39:05 | Mar 13th, 2017

This week, Hailey presents Alexis with the Kentucky Meat Shower of 1876, when meat rained from the sky and PEOPLE ATE IT. Tune in to find out what kind of meat it was, how it potentially came down, and a few other interesting things that have fallen ...Show More

51:04 | Mar 6th, 2017

This week, the ladies discuss Hailey's favorite dude from history: Baron von Steuben. Discussed: house parties at Valley Forge, broship with Alexander Hamilton, a beloved fancy dog, dating Founding Fathers' sons, and creating the U.S. Military. Thank...Show More

52:39 | Feb 26th, 2017

Alexis talks about her favorite historical dude, Napoleon Bonaparte. Join us in our pilot to hear about his potential fear of cats, the mystery of his hair color, and the Ocean's Eleven style escapes planned to save him from exile. Thanks for joining...Show More