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Stuff You Missed in History Class


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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists

41:17 | Aug 9th, 2017

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 m...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Diogenes of Sinope

26:23 | Aug 17th

Today we reach back to our 2015 episode on Diogenes of Sinope, the father of the Cynicism school of philosophy. He was also an incredibly eccentric figure who spoke out against pretense, and he used humor to convey his ideals Learn more about your ad...Show More
SYMHC Live: The New Harmony Utopias

58:17 | Jul 31st

We did a live show for the Indiana Historical Society about the town of New Harmony, Indiana in the window from 1815-1827. In that period, two different communal societies occupied the town, one right after the other. But one was far more successful....Show More
Fearless, Feisty and Unflagging: The Women of Gettysburg

39:48 | Jul 10th

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...Show More
Hatshepsut and the Expeditions to Punt

41:59 | Jul 3rd

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-cho...Show More
Marie Laurencin: Avante-garde Painter of Paris

39:12 | Jun 26th

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...Show More
A Brief History of Doughnuts

35:23 | Jun 5th

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.i...Show More
Godzilla: The Start of His Story

34:19 | May 13th

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 natur...Show More
Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 2

31:55 | Feb 28th, 2018

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 htt...Show More
Anne Lister

41:32 | Jan 29th, 2018

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-choi...Show More
The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston

38:48 | Oct 18th, 2017

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
Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 1

27:55 | Sep 4th, 2017

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...Show More
Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy

36:17 | Apr 17th, 2017

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/podca...Show More
Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement

32:46 | Jan 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)

44:13 | Nov 16th, 2016

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 mo...Show More
Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)

36:26 | Nov 14th, 2016

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 a...Show More
The Rise of the Traffic Light

32:22 | Aug 19th

There are multiple contenders when it comes to the question of who invented the traffic light. This episode looks at a few of the moments in traffic light history that got us to where we are today, as well as what made them a necessity in the first p...Show More
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 2

34:01 | Aug 14th

We’re finishing out our two-parter on thalidomide. This episode covers the response, including criminal trials, changes to drug laws, and debates about the legality of abortion, and how this has continued to evolve for thalidomide survivors until tod...Show More
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 1

37:42 | Aug 12th

Thalidomide has been described as the biggest man made medical disaster of all time. This first part covers what thalidomide is, the animal testing that lead its manufacturer to market it as safe, and its release into the market. Learn more about you...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Freya of Arabia

29:20 | Aug 10th

Today revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. After a childhood spent roaming Europe, Freya Stark began saving money to take Arabic lessons. Once fluent, she traveled into areas few outsiders had ever been, documenting her trav...Show More
The Peterloo Massacre

35:05 | Aug 7th

The Peterloo Massacre took place during a peaceful protest for parliamentary reform in Manchester, England. And there was a lot feeding into why people in Britain, and specifically in the region around Manchester, thought that reform was needed. Lear...Show More
William Maclure and New Harmony’s Boatload of Knowledge

32:56 | Aug 5th

When Robert Owen founded his utopian community, he wanted to have the best minds he could find running the educational system. He recruited William Maclure, who in turn brought many great minds with him. Their boat was nicknamed the Boatload of Knowl...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion

27:08 | Aug 3rd

Today we revisit a fun 2014 episode. In the mid-20th century, one ad company had a wacky plan to actually dole out land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. How did they manage it? And was the land worth anything? Learn more about your ad-choices at ...Show More
Unearthed in July, Part 2

44:16 | Jul 29th

Part two of this year's Unearthed! in July features some longtime listener favorites like edibles, potables and of course shipwrecks.    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: Heaven on Earth, the Brook Farm Community

33:33 | Jul 27th

Today we revisit a 2013 episode. In the 1840s, Boston's West Roxbury suburb -- which was completely rural at the time -- was home to an experiment in transcendentalist utopian living: the Brook Farm community. The idea was to create an environment of...Show More
Unearthed in July, Part 1

40:13 | Jul 24th

It's time for the July edition of Unearthed! And this one is in two parts! Today, we have updates and connections to previous episodes. Then some things about Neanderthals and early humans, and the unearthed books, letters and works of art.  Learn mo...Show More
Thomas Harriot: Mathematician, Astronomer, Relative Unknown

35:50 | Jul 22nd

Harriot's story is tied to SO MANY other notable historic things, including a lot of business with Sir Walter Raleigh. He’s really not a household name like many of his contemporaries, even though he was neck-and-neck with them in terms of discoverie...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Charles IX of France

32:24 | Jul 20th

Today we revisit a 2015 episode about French royalty. Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of France was prone to fits of rage so intense that people at court feared for their li...Show More
The Port Chicago Disaster

42:17 | Jul 17th

This was the worst stateside disaster in the United States during World War II. Apart from being a horrific tragedy, the disaster itself and its aftermath were threaded through with racism and injustice.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...Show More
Ferdinand and Barbara, Married Mad Royals

31:12 | Jul 15th

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam

35:05 | Jul 13th

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...Show More
Thomas Cook, John Cook, and the Rise of the Tourism Industry

31:36 | Jul 8th

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 abou...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Hartford Circus Fire

26:44 | Jul 6th

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 bi...Show More
Sylvia of Hollywood – Beauty Consultant to the Stars

40:49 | Jul 1st

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 h...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Compton's Cafeteria Riot

24:39 | Jun 29th

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 polic...Show More
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

36:30 | Jun 24th

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Good Humor v. Popsicle

29:58 | Jun 22nd

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 ...Show More
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 2

37:06 | Jun 19th

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 a...Show More
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 1

33:36 | Jun 17th

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 In...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Sisi - The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty

33:01 | Jun 15th

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 E...Show More
The General Slocum Disaster

34:36 | Jun 12th

The P.S. General Slocum burned in the East River in New York on June 15, 1904. It had been chartered for a group outing that suddenly became a deadly maritime disaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Advent of Radioiodine Therapy

27:57 | Jun 10th

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.ih...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Mad King Ludwig Dines Alone

27:38 | Jun 8th

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...Show More
Red Summer, 1919

38:41 | Jun 3rd

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 Wa...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Lakshmi Bai -- Who is India's Joan of Arc?

33:52 | Jun 1st

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 instrume...Show More
Samuel Pepys, Beyond the Diary

38:46 | May 29th

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...Show More
The Limerick Soviet

30:27 | May 27th

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 ht...Show More
SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Time Capsules

36:37 | May 25th

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 ...Show More
The 'Mysterious' Birthplace of Chester A. Arthur

41:50 | May 22nd

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-...Show More
To the Hon. Chester A. Arthur; Respectfully, Julia I. Sand

38:52 | May 20th

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-advertiser...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Lili'uokalan -- Who Was the Last Queen of Hawaii?

18:58 | May 18th

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 t...Show More
The Showings of Julian of Norwich

39:23 | May 15th

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Kamehameha The Great

20:56 | May 11th

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 in...Show More
They Were Her Property: An Interview With Stephanie Jones-Rogers

36:49 | May 8th

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 ab...Show More
Alice Hamilton and the Birth of Occupational Medicine

30:31 | May 6th

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 h...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Bawdy House Riots of 1668

27:14 | May 4th

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...Show More
Evil May-day Riots

34:15 | May 1st

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. Lear...Show More
Hennig Brand and the Discovery of Phosphorus

34:06 | Apr 29th

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 ur...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Secret Science - Alchemy!

23:51 | Apr 27th

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 chem...Show More
Smithsonian American Art Museum: An Interview With Stephanie Stebich

41:43 | Apr 24th

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 it...Show More
James G. Fair, Silver King

33:40 | Apr 22nd

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 a...Show More
SYMHC Classics: John Dee, Her Majesty's Secret Sorcerer

26:27 | Apr 20th

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 o...Show More
Bacon's Rebellion, Part 2

34:46 | Apr 17th

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. ...Show More
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 1

31:11 | Apr 15th

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 firs...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Rosalind Franklin, DNA's Dark Lady

27:55 | Apr 13th

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...Show More
Stop-motion Animation History With LAIKA Studios

1:15:29 | Apr 10th

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 topi...Show More
Baron Franz Nopcsa

31:36 | Apr 8th

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Battle of Hastings

31:13 | Apr 6th

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 br...Show More
Juliette Gordon Low

40:32 | Apr 3rd

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 t...Show More
The Tiara of Saitaphernes

33:47 | Apr 1st

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 mor...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Laura Bridgman's Education

27:22 | Mar 30th

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, inclu...Show More
The Life and Disappearance of Ettore Majorana

33:42 | Mar 27th

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...Show More
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

39:52 | Mar 25th

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://n...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer

30:01 | Mar 23rd

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 ...Show More
Fanny Brice, Part 2

36:55 | Mar 20th

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...Show More
Fanny Brice, Part 1

34:23 | Mar 18th

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Caroline Herschel, Astronomy's Cinderella

31:36 | Mar 16th

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...Show More

37:53 | Mar 13th

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....Show More
Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention

38:56 | Mar 11th

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Evliya Çelebi, World Traveler and Companion to Mankind

28:12 | Mar 9th

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...Show More
Transatlantic Cruising Before the Titanic

35:10 | Mar 6th

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...Show More
Olga of Kiev

34:30 | Mar 4th

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Katie Sandwina, the Glamorous Strongwoman

29:56 | Mar 2nd

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 o...Show More
Alexandre Dumas Père

40:07 | Feb 27th

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 diction...Show More
General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas

34:47 | Feb 25th

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 a...Show More
SYMHC Classics: John Snow and Mary Seacole

36:12 | Feb 23rd

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/pod...Show More
The Rabbit Test

33:15 | Feb 20th

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:/...Show More
A Brief History of Vodka

35:44 | Feb 18th

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 mar...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Rose Bertin, the First Fashion Designer

36:36 | Feb 16th

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 quee...Show More
Paul Julius Reuter

38:52 | Feb 13th

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 w...Show More
Mary Winston Jackson, NASA Engineer

36:47 | Feb 11th

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/...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Victoria and Albert

29:15 | Feb 9th

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...Show More
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 2

35:55 | Feb 6th

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. ...Show More
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 1

29:00 | Feb 4th

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. Lea...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Leading the Charge - The Massachusetts 54th

29:53 | Feb 2nd

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...Show More
The Perdicaris Incident

34:24 | Jan 30th

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:...Show More
The Regulator War

41:56 | Jan 28th

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 a...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Flannan Isles Disappearance

26:12 | Jan 26th

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 unfinishe...Show More
Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery

28:50 | Jan 23rd

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...Show More
Teresa Carreño

30:16 | Jan 21st

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....Show More
SYMHC Classics: Lisztomania

29:44 | Jan 19th

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 string...Show More
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 2

40:44 | Jan 16th

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 ab...Show More
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 1

32:57 | Jan 14th

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made

42:03 | Jan 12th

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 compl...Show More
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 2

34:38 | Jan 9th

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 possibl...Show More
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 1

28:04 | Jan 7th

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici and the Scarlet Nuptials

28:25 | Jan 5th

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 mor...Show More
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 2

45:17 | Jan 2nd

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 ht...Show More
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 1

42:06 | Dec 31st, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici, Italian Orphan

26:47 | Dec 29th, 2018

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 th...Show More
Unearthed: Francisco Franco

39:29 | Dec 26th, 2018

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 m...Show More
Christmas Triple-Feature: Stille Nacht, St. Nick & Scrooge

40:48 | Dec 24th, 2018

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 ye...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Charles Dickens Takes America

27:23 | Dec 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Buddy Bolden and the Birth of Jazz

34:42 | Dec 19th, 2018

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.  L...Show More
The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots

37:37 | Dec 17th, 2018

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 h...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Rival Queens -- Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I

32:37 | Dec 15th, 2018

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...Show More
Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack

35:05 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 a...Show More
Six Impossible Episodes: Deja Vu in the U.S. and Canada

41:24 | Dec 10th, 2018

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 m...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Les Filles du Roi

28:28 | Dec 8th, 2018

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 N...Show More
Nell Donnelly Reed

38:16 | Dec 5th, 2018

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, compli...Show More
The Rise of the Straw Hat and the Riot of 1922

32:17 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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?...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Philo T. Farnsworth

35:47 | Dec 1st, 2018

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 bus...Show More
Auguste Escoffier

33:53 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 mea...Show More
Friedel Klussmann and San Francisco's Cable Cars

38:03 | Nov 26th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World

31:16 | Nov 24th, 2018

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 unin...Show More
The Mirabal Sisters

28:58 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 ...Show More
SYMHC Live: The USO and Bob Hope

45:44 | Nov 19th, 2018

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.  ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate

23:42 | Nov 17th, 2018

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...Show More
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

40:53 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 specific...Show More
Dwight Frye

35:41 | Nov 12th, 2018

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. ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Encephalitis Lethargica

32:43 | Nov 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More

36:48 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 mo...Show More
Shirley Chisholm

37:17 | Nov 5th, 2018

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://new...Show More
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Storms

34:28 | Nov 3rd, 2018

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 mos...Show More
SYMHC Live: Not Dead Yet - Safety Coffins and Waiting Mortuaries

59:20 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 th...Show More
Pisadiera & Baba Yaga

34:56 | Oct 29th, 2018

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 ha...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Sisters Fox - They Talked to Dead People

27:46 | Oct 27th, 2018

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 th...Show More
The Beheading of Sir Walter Raleigh

42:41 | Oct 24th, 2018

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 horrify...Show More
Charles Addams, Part 2

32:19 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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 ab...Show More
SYMHC Classics: He Was Killed by Mesmerism

27:08 | Oct 20th, 2018

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-choice...Show More
Charles Addams, Part 1

38:59 | Oct 17th, 2018

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 y...Show More
The Sinking of the SS Princess Sophia

36:28 | Oct 15th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture

33:32 | Oct 13th, 2018

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...Show More
The Allegedly Haunted Island of Poveglia

31:35 | Oct 10th, 2018

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-c...Show More
Vernon Lee

37:25 | Oct 8th, 2018

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. L...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Goody Garlick

43:21 | Oct 6th, 2018

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 ht...Show More
Alvin York

35:51 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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....Show More
Peg Entwistle, Ghost of Hollywood

39:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

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://new...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Mary Anning, Princess of Paleontology

23:05 | Sep 29th, 2018

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 contributi...Show More
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 2

48:56 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 Di...Show More
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 1

42:31 | Sep 24th, 2018

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 mor...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Victoria Woodhull, Little Queen for President

32:01 | Sep 22nd, 2018

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 re...Show More
Magnus Hirschfeld and the Institute for Sexual Science

38:17 | Sep 19th, 2018

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 yo...Show More
SYMHC Live: Anne Royall

49:44 | Sep 17th, 2018

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 j...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Radium Girls

26:16 | Sep 15th, 2018

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...Show More
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 2

33:00 | Sep 12th, 2018

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...Show More
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 1

32:10 | Sep 10th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Oneida Utopia

26:50 | Sep 8th, 2018

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. L...Show More
Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies

31:04 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 bi...Show More
Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cookie'

45:23 | Sep 3rd, 2018

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.  Lea...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2

26:09 | Sep 1st, 2018

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...Show More
A Condensed History of Air Conditioning

36:43 | Aug 29th, 2018

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...Show More
The Georgia Gold Rush

25:36 | Aug 27th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1

27:39 | Aug 25th, 2018

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, l...Show More
The Battle of Ambos Nogales

35:31 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Interview: Mary Robinette Kowal on the 'Lady Astronaut' Duology

48:41 | Aug 20th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix

29:18 | Aug 18th, 2018

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-Ameri...Show More
Lucretia Mott

36:01 | Aug 15th, 2018

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...Show More
Zoot Suit Riots

37:39 | Aug 13th, 2018

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. ...Show More
SYMHC: Hedy Lamarr and Wireless Technology

23:03 | Aug 11th, 2018

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...Show More
Levi Strauss

46:45 | Aug 8th, 2018

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:...Show More
Battle of Amiens

29:24 | Aug 6th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Hoaxes

32:26 | Aug 4th, 2018

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 exp...Show More
John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams Abroad

44:13 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 preside...Show More
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 2

35:43 | Jul 30th, 2018

Continuing the 2018 mid-year edition of unearthed goodies, this episode will cover shipwrecks, exhumations, repatriations, and edibles and potables.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: The Johnstown Flood

22:15 | Jul 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 1

37:54 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 unea...Show More
Author Jason Porath: Tough Mothers

59:29 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Jason is back to talk about his follow-up to his book "Rejected Princesses." This one is called "Tough Mothers" and it's all about feisty, smart and surprising nurturers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2

25:42 | Jul 21st, 2018

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...Show More
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 2

31:30 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1

33:15 | Jul 16th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq

22:11 | Jul 14th, 2018

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...Show More
Libertalia: Legendary Pirate Utopia

37:10 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 eq...Show More
Annie Edson Taylor, Niagara Daredevil

34:56 | Jul 9th, 2018

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 ab...Show More
SYMHC Classics: How the New York Draft Riots Worked

27:50 | Jul 7th, 2018

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. N...Show More
Emma Lazarus

32:27 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 yo...Show More
Victorian Orchidelirium

32:58 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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-choice...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Dr. Virginia Apgar

32:25 | Jun 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Great Train Wreck of 1918

32:04 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Elizabeth Jennings Graham

32:32 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 citizen...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Mansa Musa and the City of Gold

25:32 | Jun 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Six Impossible Episodes: Evacuating Children

42:16 | Jun 20th, 2018

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-adve...Show More
The Tunguska Event

30:24 | Jun 18th, 2018

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.  Lea...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Alan Turing, Codebreaker

23:18 | Jun 16th, 2018

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 ho...Show More
Hurricane San Ciriaco

35:32 | Jun 13th, 2018

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...Show More
Julian Eltinge, Greatest of All Impersonators of Women

40:52 | Jun 11th, 2018

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-cho...Show More
SYMHC Classics: The Mystic Margery Kempe

46:17 | Jun 9th, 2018

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 becam...Show More
The Colorful Life of Carmen Miranda

38:52 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 stat...Show More
Ida B. Wells-Barnett

39:56 | Jun 4th, 2018

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 mo...Show More
SYMHC Classics: We All Scream for Ice Cream

32:38 | Jun 2nd, 2018

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 togeth...Show More
Winsor McCay, Part 2

34:28 | May 30th, 2018

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 h...Show More
Winsor McCay, Part 1

35:57 | May 28th, 2018

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...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Five Historical Robots

25:18 | May 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More
James Whale

37:11 | May 23rd, 2018

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. Le...Show More
The Defenestrations of Prague

36:55 | May 21st, 2018

“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. ...Show More
SYMHC Classics: From Brontë to Bell and Back Again

32:24 | May 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Frank Lenz, the Cyclist Who Vanished

35:21 | May 16th, 2018

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....Show More
Nisei in World War II: The MIS, 100th and 442nd

39:29 | May 14th, 2018

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.  L...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Growing Up Brontë

31:23 | May 12th, 2018

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 im...Show More
Henry Every, Successful Pyrate

39:12 | May 9th, 2018

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 tr...Show More
Lotte Reiniger's Shadow Animation

33:16 | May 7th, 2018

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.ihe...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Winkfield, Derby Pioneer

17:57 | May 5th, 2018

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 i...Show More
The Bisbee Deportation

40:06 | May 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Mohenjo Daro

30:59 | Apr 30th, 2018

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 rui...Show More
SYMHC Classics: Ambrose Bierce

31:10 | Apr 28th, 2018

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-c...Show More
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 2

40:56 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 1

30:51 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 htt...Show More