Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Perfect podcast to spark an interest and further research into a wide range of historical topics. Over the last year and a half I have binged the past 7 years worth episodes and recommended it to several friends. Love the hosts!


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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 iHeartRadio.

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A Brief History of Tarot Cards
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How did a card game gain a reputation for being connected to mysticism? Tarot's history takes a significant turn in the 18th century, but much of that shift in perception is based on one author's suppositions and theories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Belle Gunness
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We're revisiting a 2011 episode today. In 1908, a fire leveled the Indiana home of Belle Gunness. Four bodies were found in the cellar, and it seemed possible that Gunnes might have escaped. When about a dozen more bodies were found, Gunness was revealed as a serial killer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Stoker and
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Holly and Tracy talk about the work and life of Bram Stoker, including a brief talk about his mother. And then talk turns to Tracy's new interview with Kate Landdeck, and the glamour of Jackie Cochran. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 23, 2020
Interview: Jackie Cochran with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck
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Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck joins the show for a second time, to talk with Tracy about Kate’s new book – but mostly about Jacqueline Cochran – who was an incredible pilot, and one of the driving forces behind the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 21, 2020
Bram Stoker
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Dracula is an iconic character, and the man who created him has become almost as much of a source of fascination for many as his famous vampire.. But even Bram Stoker's own life story - at least as he told it - may have some fictional elements. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 19, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Why would you put a cadaver on trial?
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In this 2011 episode, prior hosts Sarah and Deblina cover Pope Stephen VI having his deceased predecessor Formosus exhumed and put on trial in 897. The corpse was found guilty, but this desecration disgusted Romans and made them rebel. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Demon Core & Green Book
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Tracy and Holly share stories of their own moments of poor judgement, and the Tracy discusses her interview with Alvin Hall and Janée Woods Weber, creators of the podcast Driving the Green Book. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 16, 2020
Interview: Driving the Green Book
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Tracy talked to Alvin Hall and Janée Woods Weber, host and producer of the podcast Driving the Green Book. Alvin and Janée share their thoughts on the show, the Green Book, and the road trip they took to make the show. You can find the Driving the Green Book podcast here: https://us.macmillan.com/podcasts/podcast/driving-the-green-book/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 14, 2020
The Demon Core and Other Criticality Accidents
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The Demon Core was a sphere of plutonium-gallium alloy that the U.S. made for use in an atomic bomb during World War II. After the war, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory had two separate, fatal criticality accidents while working with it.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 12, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Spring-heeled Jack, Mystery Assailant!
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We're revisiting a 2010 episode from previous hosts. Most people are familiar with Jack the Ripper, but Victorian England was also plagued by an odd character named Spring-heeled Jack. Were reports of this bounding scoundrel a symptom of mass hysteria, or something factual?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 10, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Blavatsky and Shipton
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Holly and Tracy talk about Madame Blavatsky's shocking level of cigarette smoking and the surprising amount of Mother Shipton material Tracy was able to find. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 09, 2020
Mother Shipton
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Mother Shipton may or may not have been a real person. She's described as living in 16th-century England, and was everything from an oracle to a witch to the daughter of the devil, depending on which of the many sources you’re reading. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 07, 2020
Madame Blavatsky
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Blavatsky is an iconic figure. She was the founder of the theosophical movement, and lived a life of adventure that’s hard to believe. The impact of her work is undeniable whether you believe her to have been a genuine mystic or a total fraud. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 05, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Green Children of Woolpit
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This 2017 episode covers the story of how, in the 12th century, two children, green in color, appeared in Suffolk, England. The green children were written about in the 12th and 13th centuries as fact, but some people today classify as this tale as folklore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 03, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Tanaka Hisashige and Nina Otero-Warren
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On this casual Friday chat, Tracy and Holly talk about the genius of Tanaka Hisashige, and Tracy's frustrations at finding the more problematic aspects of Nina Otero-Warren's story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 02, 2020
Nina Otero-Warren
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Nina Otero-Warren was from a prominent New Mexico family, and worked in education, politics, and the suffrage movement, focusing largely on Spanish speakers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 30, 2020
Tanaka Hisashige
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Tanaka Hisashige was an inventor, a craftsman and an artisan, and he lived during a time that Japan went through enormous cultural, scientific and technological changes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 28, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy
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This episode is from 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/podcast-advertisers
Sep 26, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Paramount Decrees
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Holly and Tracy talk about the business dealings of Hollywood in context with the moral scandals that were playing out in the press at the time, as well as the way films are distributed today versus in Adolph Zukor's time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 25, 2020
The Paramount Decrees: The Court Cases - Pt. 2
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Once Adolph Zukor combined his production company, Famous Players-Lasky, with Paramount’s distribution company, he had consolidate two aspects of the industry under one business. His next step was obvious: gain control of exhibition of films as well.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 23, 2020
The Paramount Decrees: Paramount’s Beginnings - Pt. 1
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The development of the Hollywood studio industry features a number of people who drove it forward. Today, we're talking about Adolph Zukor and William Hodkinson, and how their work led to the founding of Paramount.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 21, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Alexander Selkirk
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In this 2011 episode, prior hosts Sarah and Deblina talk about privateer Alexander Selkirk, who became a buccaneer in 1695. In 1704, after a fight with his captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an uninhabited island about 400 miles west of Valparaiso.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 19, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Forten and the Lawson Murders
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Holly and Tracy delve into the unverifiable parts of James Forten's life and the problematic idea of respectability. Tracy also talks about her geographical connection to the Lawson family murders which took place in 1929 and how that informed her knowledge about it as a teenager. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 18, 2020
Six Impossible Episodes: There’s a Book About That!
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These are episodes that we’d love to do as a full-length episode, and we’ve gotten listener quests for most of them. But there’s a book that’s so central to the subject that the book is really the place to go. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 16, 2020
James Forten
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As a child and young man, James was part of the British colonies that rebelled against rule from the throne. As an adult, he made his fortune in sail making, and turned his influence to the causes of abolition and civil rights. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 14, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in Love
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In this 2015 episode, prior hosts Sarah and Deblina covered a poet's romance. Robert Browning's early work wasn't as well-received as Elizabeth Barrett's poetry. Yet Barrett mentioned his work in one of her poems, and they started a correspondence that blossomed into love. However, Elizabeth's father remained an obstacle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 12, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Croesus
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Holly and Tracy discuss the story of Croesus and how disabilities are represented in the writing of Herodotus. The topic then turns to the Igbo women's practice called sitting on a man, and how the Western world often misunderstands other cultures. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 11, 2020
Women’s War of 1929
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The Women’s War was a response to British colonialism in Nigeria. British authorities described the group as a “hostile mob” because they didn’t recognize that the so-called mob was largely a long-established method for Igbo women to hold men accountable. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 09, 2020
Croesus of Lydia
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The story of the ridiculously wealthy Croesus, which was fictionalized in a number of ways, becomes a cautionary tale about pride and hubris, and what really has value in life.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 07, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
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This 2018 episode is running in honor of Labor Day in the U.S. Memphis sanitation workers stayed off the job starting January 12, 1968 in a strike that lasted for nine weeks. This was the strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was assassinated on April 4 of that year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 05, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Delano and Slocum
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Tracy and Holly discuss trying to stay organized, the relevance of the Delano grape strike today, and how Joshua Slocum's story makes us think about our travel yearnings, and the tricky part of his story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 04, 2020
Captain Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World
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Joshua Slocum was the first person known to sail around the world alone. Unlike lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis, he didn’t always enjoy that solitude – and unlike cyclist Annie Londonderry, he actually made the journey he became famous for.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 02, 2020
The Delano Grape Strike & Boycott
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The Delano Grape Strike, which led to an international boycott of table grapes as grape workers in California tried to get better pay, working conditions, and union contracts covering their work.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 31, 2020
Introducing: 'Criminalia'
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Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten better or worse over time? Criminalia is brought to you by Shondaland Audio and iHeartRadio and new episodes release every Tuesday. Listen on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 30, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Elbridge Gerry's Monstrous Salamander
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This 2018 episode covers Elbridge Gerry, who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Gerrymandering is the drawing of political districts to give a particular party or group an advantage or disadvantage, and it's named after him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 29, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: The White House
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Holly and Tracy talk about how this week's topic shifted from its original plan. They also discuss how slavery in the U.S. capital has been handled in media. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 28, 2020
The White House and Its Legacy, Part 2
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On the second part of the discussion of White House history, Holly and Tracy first cover the gardens and landscaping, and then dig into discussion of how slavery is a part of the very foundation of the building. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 26, 2020
The White House and Its Legacy, Part 1
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Today’s White House has 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. But that hasn’t always been the case. It also was not always called the White House, of course, and it has a LOT of history.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 24, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Bracero Program
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This 2016 episode covers a time in the the 20th century when the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and even encouraging, Mexican nationals to enter the U.S. to perform agricultural work and other labor in the American Southwest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 22, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Hollow Earth and Canning
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Tracy and Holly talk about their personal thoughts on Symmes's hollow Earth theory, and then talk about their experiences with canning and winning prizes at state fairs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 21, 2020
Introducing: American Shadows a Grim & Mild
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American Shadows is a bi-weekly podcast from iHeartRadio and Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild. The show focuses on the darker stories from American history: the people, places, and things that are hidden and forgotten in the shadows. From better-known tales like the conspiracy to steal Lincoln’s body, to less-known stories, like the rainmaker who flooded San Diego. Join host Lauren Vogelbaum as she spans two centuries of omitted lore from our country’s history books. Listen and subscribe to American Shadows on Apple Podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 20, 2020
Nicolas Appert and the Invention of Canning
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Canning dramatically changed how people around the world have dealt with food. Early canning efforts were kind of stabs in the dark, though – we hadn’t figured out the microbiology component yet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 19, 2020
Symmes’s Theory of Concentric Spheres
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In 1818, something about the rings of Saturn - we don't know what, exactly - led John Cleves Symmes to conclude that the Earth was hollow. And he spent the rest of his life promoting this strange idea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 17, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Johann Beringer's Fossils
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This 2013 episode covers Johann Beringer, the University of Wurzburg's chair of natural history and chief physician to the prince bishop in 1725. He was also unpopular, and some of his colleagues sought to discredit him. There are two versions of the story -- but which is true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 15, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Tear Gas and Coxey
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Tracy and Holly talk about the use and misuse of tear gas, and then a theory that slinks L. Frank Baum's work "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" to Coxey's Army. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 14, 2020
Coxey’s Army
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Jacob Sechler Coxey led the first protest march on Washington, D.C. in the 1890s, with a plan to create jobs for the nation's unemployed population with projects that would build the country's infrastructure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 12, 2020
Tear Gas
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Tear gasses, or lachrymator agents, are named for the lachrymal glands, which secrete tears. But tears are just one part of it. It was developed for WWI, but of course continues to be used today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 10, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Kaiser's Chemist -- Fritz Haber
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This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina examines Fritz Haber's mixed legacy. The Nobel-Prize-winning Father of Chemical Warfare was responsible for fertilizers that fed billions, as well as poisonous gasses used during World War I. Tune in to learn more about Fritz's complicated life and work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 08, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Isabella and Wu Lien-Teh
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Holly and Tracy discuss the complexities of Isabella Bird's story, as well as the similarities between the pneumonic plague in Wu Lien-Teh's story and what we're living through in 2020. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 07, 2020
Wu Lien-Teh and the Manchurian Plague
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Wu Lien-Teh was a doctor who’s most well known for his public health work and the pneumonic plague epidemic in the early 20th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 05, 2020
Isabella Lucy Bird
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Bird is celebrated as a world traveler, though she didn’t really come into her own as a traveler until she was in her 40s. Her books about her journeys were wildly popular. There are also some pretty big questions about the persona she presented publicly. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 03, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Irish Famine, Part 2
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The second episode in our revisit of the Irish Famine covers the mid-1800s, when the poorest people in Ireland ate almost nothing but potatoes, saving other crops for selling. So a blight, plus politics, led to tragedy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 01, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Seneca Village and Unearthed!
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Holly and Tracy discuss the week's topics, including their own experiences with Central Park, and a segment of the summer edition of Unearthed! that Tracy cut. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 31, 2020
Unearthed! in July 2020
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This edition of Unearthed! covers episode updates, science and history discoveries, books and letters, and potpourri. And yes, there's (brief) talk about the Verona, Italy floor mosaics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 29, 2020
Seneca Village
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Seneca Village was a predominantly black community that built itself from the ground up. But its story is fragmented. Even though it existed at a time when it could have been fairly well-documented, there was a vested interest in erasing it. Holly's Research: “Seneca Village, New York City.” National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/articles/seneca-village-new-york-city.htm Alexander, Leslie M. “African or American?” University of Illinois Press. 2008. Wall, Diana diZerega, et al. “Seneca Village and Little Africa: Two African American Communities in Antebellum New York City.” Historical Archaeology, vol. 42, no. 1, 2008, pp. 97–107. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25617485. “Discover Seneca Village: Selected Research Topics and Resources.” Central Park Conservancy. October 2019. https://d17wymyl890hh0.cloudfront.net/new_images/feature_facilities/SenecaVillage_SelectedResearchTopicsandResources_2020_v4.pdf?mtime=20200219091534 Capron, Maddie and Christina Zdanowicz. “A black community was displaced to build Central Park. Now a monument will honor them.” CNN Oct. 22, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/seneca-village-central-park-monument-trnd/index.html “The Sale of Manhattan.” The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands. Library of Congress and the National Library of the Netherlands. http://frontiers.loc.gov/intldl/awkbhtml/kb-1/kb-1-2-1.html The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Manhattan.” Encyclopædia Britannica. November 23, 2018. https://www.britannica.com/place/Manhattan-New-York-City Connoly, Colleen. “The True Native New Yorkers Can Never Truly Reclaim Their Homeland.” Smithsonian. Oct. 5, 2018. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-native-new-yorkers-can-never-truly-reclaim-their-homeland-180970472/ Cleland, Charles and Bruce R. Greene. “Faith in Paper.” University of Michigan Press. 2011. Rosenzweig, Roy and Elizabeth Blackmar. “The Park and the People: A History of Central Park.” Cornell University Press. 1992. Blakinger, Keri. “A look at Seneca Village, the black town razed for Central Park.” New York Daily News. May 17, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160518101320/https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/seneca-village-black-town-razed-central-park-article-1.2639611 Martin, Douglas. “A Village Dies, A Park Is Born.” New York Times. Jan. 31, 1997. https://web.archive.org/web/20160320031313/http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/31/arts/a-village-dies-a-park-is-born.html?pagewanted=all Arenson, Karen W. “A Technological Dig; Scientists Seek Signs of Central Park Past.” New York Times. July 27, 2000. https://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/27/nyregion/a-technological-dig-scientists-seek-signs-of-central-park-past.html Staples, Brent. “The Death of Black Utopia.” New York Times. Nov. 28, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/28/opinion/seneca-central-park-nyc.html Kang, Tricia. “160 Years of Central Park: A Brief History.” Central Park Conservancy. June 1, 2017. https://www.centralparknyc.org/blog/central-park-history Wall, Diane diZerega and Nan A. Rothschild. “The Seneca Village Archaeological Excavations, Summer 2011.” The African Diaspora Archaeology Network. September 2011 Newsletter. http://www.diaspora.illinois.edu/news0911/news0911-4.pdf Central Park Conservancy. “Discover Seneca Village: Selected Research Topics ad Resources.” October 2019. https://d17wymyl890hh0.cloudfront.net/new_images/feature_facilities/SenecaVillage_SelectedResearchTopicsandResources_2020_v4.pdf?mtime=20200219091534 Wall, Diane diZerega, et al. “SENECA VILLAGE, A FORGOTTEN COMMUNITY: REPORT ON THE 2011 EXCAVATIONS.” 2018. http://s-media.nyc.gov/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/1828.pdf Seneca Village Project. http://projects.mcah.columbia.edu/seneca_village/index.html Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 27, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Irish Famine, Part 1
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We're revisiting a 2013 two-parter. The history lesson kids often get on the Irish Famine could be summed up as "a blight destroyed the potato crops, and a lot of people starved or moved away." Most kids ask, "Why didn't they eat something else?" Good question. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 25, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: COINTELPRO
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Tracy and Holly talk about this week's two-parter on COINTELPRO, and how they both think about those initiatives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 24, 2020
COINTELPRO, Part 2
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In part two of this topic, the show looks at some of the specifics of the COINTELPROs that targeted black liberation organizations and the New Left, as well as how these programs were finally exposed to the public.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 22, 2020
COINTELPRO, Part 1
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FBI surveillance of people associated with the civil rights movement has come up on the show many times. Today, we’re going to talk about the history of the FBI, especially as it related to communism and “subversive threats,” and how that fed directly into COINTELPRO. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 20, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Scopes Trial
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This 2017 episode covered the Scopes Trial, aka the Monkey Trial, that played out in Dayton, Tennessee in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 18, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Ignatius and Frank
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Tracy shares how she landed at the topic of Ignatius Sancho, and she and Holly discuss his writing style. Free Frank's unique story, and how it involves some contradictory situations, is also discussed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 17, 2020
Free Frank McWorter
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Free Frank McWorter was the first black man in the U.S. to design a town and establish a multi-racial community. He did this despite having been born into slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 15, 2020
Ignatius Sancho
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Ignatius Sancho was the first black Briton known to vote in a parliamentary election – that happened in 1774. He became something of a celebrity in 18th-century London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 13, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Phillis Wheatley
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This episode travels back to a 2018 episode. Perceptions and interpretations of Phillis Wheatley's life and work have shifted since the 18th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 11, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Bonsai and Flexner
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Holly and Tracy talk about the soothing nature of bonsai as well as the places in popular culture it pops up. They also unpack the complex nature of talking about Flexner's legacy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 10, 2020
Abraham Flexner and the Flexner Report
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The Flexner Report in the early 20th century is often credited with changing the medical field and shaping what medical education looks like today. But this document negatively impacted medicine in the black community.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 08, 2020
A Brief History of Bonsai
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Bonsai’s origins go all the way back to ancient China, long before Japan became infatuated with the art form. Over time, the western world also became fascinated with bonsai, though there has been plenty of cultural confusion about it along the way. This episode is sponsored by Mazda. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 06, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Robert Smalls - From Contraband to Congress
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The second of our 2016 episodes on Robert Smalls. After his daring and impressive escape from slavery, Smalls was considered to be contraband, which was a term used for formerly enslaved people who joined the Union. But this was the beginning of an impressive career as a free man. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 04, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Q&A and the Myth of Irish Slaves
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Holly and Tracy share stories about touring, and the long period of time Tracy has been planning to work on the falsehood of Irish slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 03, 2020
Why No One Talks About 'The Irish Slaves'
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This whole idea of Irish slaves distorts some things that really did happen. So today we’re going to talk about that history, and how it’s being twisted and misused today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 01, 2020
SYMHC: Q & A
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Since the podcast isn't going on tour this year due to the pandemic, we thought it would be fun to have an episode that's something we normally do as part of a live show -- listener questions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 29, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls
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This 2016 episode covers Robert Smalls, who was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S. Civil War, in a particularly dramatic fashion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 27, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: H.L. Hunley and Gospel Blues
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Tracy and Holly talk about Tracy's chat with Dr. Rachel Lance, and the legacy of Thomas Dorsey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 26, 2020
Thomas Dorsey and the Birth of Gospel Blues
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For a long time, Dorsey lived a sort of double life creatively. When he combined the two forms of existing music he played, he created something new, and changed religious music forever.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 24, 2020
Interview: Dr. Rachel Lance and the H.L. Hunley
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Tracy talks with biomedical engineer Dr. Rachel Lance about the cause of the H.L. Hunley disaster and the book that Dr. Lance wrote about the disaster and her research into the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 22, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley
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This 2017 episode covers the story of the H.L. Hunley, which really begins with the Union blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 20, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Atlanta History Center and James Baldwin
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Holly and Tracy discuss the nuances of what becomes historically significant in our troubled times, and then the continued relevance of James Baldwin's work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 19, 2020
James Baldwin
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James Baldwin was a brilliant essayist, one of the chroniclers of the Civil Rights Movement, and a powerful voice against racism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 17, 2020
Interviews: Atlanta History Center and Covid-19
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Holly chats with Sheffield Hale and Michael Rose of the Atlanta History Center about pandemic from the point of view of a living history institution, and also how the AHC, like many history centers, is documenting Covid-19. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 15, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Harlem Hellfighters
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This 2015 episode covers a black U.S. Army WWI unit that became one of the most decorated of the war. When these soldiers returned home, they were greeted as heroes, but were still targets of segregation, discrimination and oppression. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 13, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Public Universal Friend and Wat Tyler
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Tracy and Holly talk about the unique identity of the Public Universal Friend, as well as whether Wat Tyler's story inspired modern storytellers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 12, 2020
Wat Tyler and the Uprising of 1381
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There were many transitional events between the the Black Death and the Renaissance; it wasn't a case of a one leading right to the other. One of those transition events was Wat Tyler’s Rebellion, also known as the Uprising of 1381 or the Great Rising. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 10, 2020
Public Universal Friend
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The Public Universal Friend described themself as a genderless spirit sent by God to inhabit the resurrected body of a woman named Jemima Wilkinson.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 08, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Ida B. Wells-Barnett
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This 2018 episode connects to a lot of others in our archive. Ida B. Wells-Barnett fought against lynching for decades, at a time when it wasn't common at all for a woman, especially a woman of color, to become such a prominent journalist and a speaker. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 06, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Cannery Row & Tumanbay
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Holly and Tracy talk about the evolution of Monterey's Cannery Row and the history behind the fictional podcast Tumanbay. Their discussion then turns to current events, the death of George Floyd and the protests around the nation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 05, 2020
Interview: Tumanbay's John Scott Dryden
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First, a brief discussion of current events. Then, in a conversation recorded in mid-May, Holly speaks with the creator of the historical fiction podcast Tumanbay about the ways that researching the Mamluk culture shaped the show. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 03, 2020
Cannery Row
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Monterey's Cannery Row is a busy center of tourism, but the area's history starts with indigenous people. Its association with fishing came from immigrant populations, and its reputation as a cannery exploded as that business was imploding. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 01, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Orphan Trains
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This 2014 episode covers the 250,000 children in the U.S. taken to new families by train from 1854 and 1929, about. Except ... they weren't called "orphan trains" at the time, the children weren't all orphans, and "family" didn't always factor into it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Home Ec and Practice Babies
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Tracy and Holly talk about their experiences with home economics in school, and discuss theories about childcare as it relates to practice baby programs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 29, 2020
The Practice Babies
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Practice babies were live human babies, cared for by college seniors who were temporarily living in home ec practice houses. The babies mostly came from orphanages or child welfare agencies, and were usually adopted after their time in the program. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 27, 2020
The Bureau of Home Economics
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For a time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had a whole bureau of home economics, which was run by and for women, and was a huge part of the response to crises like the Great Depression and World War II. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 25, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Phineas Gage
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A 2013 episode about Phineas Gage, who experienced a catastrophic brain injury and survived - though altered - for more than 11 years. Over time, he became one of the world's most famous case studies in how damage to the brain can affect behavior. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Fritz Duquesne
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Holly and Tracy ponder the psychology of a lifetime of deception, and discuss the complex nature of the Boers' position in their conflict with Great Britain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
The Spying Life of Fritz Duquesne, Part 2
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After Duquesne made it to the U.S., he started a whole new life for himself, and worked for the rest of his life as a journalist, saboteur and spy. But eventually, all those lies caught up to him.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 20, 2020
The Spying Life of Fritz Duquesne, Part 1
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Duquesne changed his life story to suit his needs, worked under an estimated 40 aliases, and lived a life that directly involves a LOT of significant historical events. One of the things Duquesne excelled at was escaping custody.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 18, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Dark Legacy of Sea Monkeys
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Dipping back to a 2015 episode. Despite all the fun cartoons on the packaging featuring tiny humanoid sea creatures having wacky fun and wearing clothes, Sea Monkeys are just brine shrimp. But the story of Sea Monkeys and their inventor is actually pretty surprising -- and quite dark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Bees and Grover Cleveland
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Tracy and Holly talk about the charm of bees, and the strangely intriguing nature of Grover Cleveland's tumor surgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Grover Cleveland’s Medical Secret
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In 1893, President Grover Cleveland noticed a rough spot on the roof of his mouth. This turned into a medical situation and led to a daring surgery that was kept secret from the public for decades.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 13, 2020
A Brief History of Beekeeping
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Beekeeping as you might think of it today, with square hives and and a beekeeper in a white suit with a big veiled hat, is a relatively recent invention. But beekeeping has existed for thousands of years, basically all over the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 11, 2020
SYMHC Classics: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
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This 2016 episode covers John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, which set out to create an armed revolution of emancipated slaves. Instead, it became a tipping point leading to the U.S. Civil War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 09, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Asoka and Catherine
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Tracy and Holly talk about Asoka and connections to pop culture, and the revelations of Catherine the Great's devotion to the arts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Introducing: Flashback - Isaac Newton’s ‘Year of Wonders’
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Each of us handles social distancing in our own way. Some are doing virtual yoga classes. Others are turning to art. And then there are those truly rare birds... like Sir Issac Newton. He once turned his time in quarantine into an opportunity to change the way we understand the world around us. Learn about history’s unintended consequences on Flashback, a new podcast from OZY and iHeart Radio Podcast Network. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong or prove unexpectedly magnificent.   Subscribe wherever you get your podcast! https://ihr.fm/3frAnnB Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 07, 2020
Catherine the Great, Librettist
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Catherine the Great is famous for many things. But one of her lesser-known areas of interest was opera. And she loved it as both audience and creator. She wrote a number of operas during her reign, many of which were comedic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 06, 2020
Aśoka the Righteous
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Aśoka ruled the Mauryan Empire on the Indian subcontinent in the third century BCE. He was a real person – and is also a legendary figure within Buddhism.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 04, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Kentucky Derby's First 50 Years
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This 2017 episode covered the beginnings of the Kentucky Derby. Since its inception, the Derby has become the nation's most famous and prestigious horse racing event. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 02, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Emergency Medicine
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Holly and Tracy talk about their relationships with emergency medicine and 9-1-1, as well as their appreciation for medical professionals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Significant Moments in U.S. Emergency Medicine, Pt. 2
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In this second part of our coverage of emergency care in the U.S., we’ll talk about an important white paper that was a turning point for emergency medicine, the advent of the 9-1-1 service, and the ambulance service that set the model for all others.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 29, 2020
Significant Moments in U.S. Emergency Medicine, Pt. 1
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In this first episode of a two-parter, we’ll be covering early emergency response services, a little bit of CPR history, and advent of the emergency care specialty for physicians.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 27, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Dazzle Camouflage
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Flashback to 2014! British Royal Navy lieutenant and artist Norman Wilkinson is usually credited with the idea of disruptive camouflage. But, another man, naturalist John Graham Kerr, claimed that he had the idea three years earlier. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 25, 2020
Host Faves: Building Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, Pt. 2
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The second 2013 episode in the story of the Haunted Mansion going from concept to fully-realized theme park attraction covers the reboot the team went through after the World's Fair and the loss of their leader. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, Pt. 1
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This hist fave is from 2013. One of the most iconic Disney park attractions -- the Haunted Mansion -- had a development process that was anything but smooth. Budget and scheduling issues and creative differences dogged the project for almost two decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: The Green Children of Woolpit
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In 2017 we talked about two children, green in color, who appeared in Suffolk, England in the 12th century,. The green children were written about in the 12th and 13th centuries as fact, but some people today classify as this tale as folklore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: A Brief History of the Pietà
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This 2016 episode delves into Michelangelo's sculpture of Mary holding the deceased body of Christ. It's the most famous depiction of that moment in art, but that scene has been the focus of many works. And once, the famous version took a trip across the ocean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: Edward Gorey
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We talked about Gorey in 2017. Based just on his art, you might imagine Edward Gorey as a dour Englishman, with the peak of his career sometime in the 1920s or '30s, whose childhood was marked with a series of tragic deaths. But Gorey was none of these things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies
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This 2018 episode is about Christine de Pizan who wrote verse, military manuals, and treatises on war, peace and the just governance of a nation. She was the official biographer of King Charles V of France and wrote the only popular piece in praise of Joan of Arc that was penned during her lifetime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: Levi Strauss
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This 2018 episode tells Levi's story, which is historically interesting because it touches on a lot of important moments in U.S. history. His business was tied to the California Gold Rush, the U.S. Civil War and American clothing culture. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: Annette Kellerman
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This 2017 episode covers the Australian Kellerman, who gets a lot of the credit for developing the women's one-piece bathing suit. But she was also a competitive swimmer, as well as a vaudeville and film star who designed her own mermaid costumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: The Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion
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This summer 2014 rerun features one ad company's 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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Host Faves: The Ladies of Llangollen
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Another 2017 fave! In the late 18th century, Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, also known as the Ladies of Llangollen, abandoned their life in the upper tiers of Irish society and made a home for themselves in Wales. And they became rather famous in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Unearthed! Spring 2020
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Tracy and Holly discuss their favorite parts of this week's Unearthed! episodes, as well as the way that our current situation causes the unearthing of new information every day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Unearthed! in Spring 2020, Part 2
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In part two of Unearthed! in spring 2020, we're talking about edibles and potables, shipwrecks, books and letters, and other cool stuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 22, 2020
Unearthed! in Spring 2020, Part 1
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In today’s episode, we have some stuff that was reported during the last couple of weeks of 2019, which missed the cut for the year-end Unearthed! episodes. Also, episode updates, crime, animals and games.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 20, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Maximilian, Mexico's Habsburg Prince
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This 2011 episode from previous hosts Deblina and Sarah covers the time when Mexico was ruled by a Habsburg prince: Ferdinand Maximilian. While Maximilian was unwelcome, he upheld liberal reforms and modernized the government. As his support dwindled, Mexico's rightful president worked to take back the country. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 18, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Carlota and Larrey
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Holly and Tracy discuss Carlota of Mexico and how that topic was chosen, as well as the many connections between subjects of history. Then, talk turns to the ways that we still benefit from Larrey's work today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Dominique-Jean Larrey and His Flying Ambulance
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While serving as a surgeon with Napoleon’s army in the 1790s, Larrey developed a system for getting wounded soldiers off the battlefield and into treatment. His dedication to providing care to anyone who needed it earned him the respect and admiration of France and its enemies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 15, 2020
Charlotte of Belgium/Carlota of Mexico
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Charlotte and her husband Maximillian became the rulers of Mexico through a plan concocted by France's Napoleon III. But the strain of conflict there, and French finances being withdrawn, caused the empress' mental health to decline. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 13, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Butter v. Margarine
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This 2016 episode delves into how industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine way before it was made with the hydrogenated oils that led to its unhealthy reputation in more recent years. There's even bootlegging involved. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 11, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Annie and Rinderpest
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Holly and Tracy talk about Annie Londonderry's cavalier relationship with the truth and the challenges of travel with the wrong clothes and bike. Then talk turns to a strange paper that Tracy read while researching rinderpest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
The End of Rinderpest
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The declaration that rinderpest had been eradicated was less than 10 years, but rinderpest’s history goes back much farther than that. And the process of eradicating the disease really illustrates how it took a coordinated, international effort to do it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 08, 2020
Annie Londonderry’s Dubious Bike Trip Around the World
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Annie Londonderry gained fame for being the first woman cyclist to circumnavigate the globe. Sort of. In the 1890s, she DID circle the globe, but there are a LOT of inconsistencies in the details of her story, including why she did it in the first place.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 06, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Ignaz Semmelweis
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We're jumping back just a couple of years to an episode on Ignaz Semmelweis made a connection between hand hygiene and the prevention of childbed fever in the 19th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Strange Times and Ida Lewis
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Holly and Tracy talk about selecting subjects for the show while living in strange times, and venture into talk about Emily Dickinson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Ida Lewis, Lighthouse Keeper
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Ida Lewis lived most of her life fairly isolated on a tiny island off the coast Rhode Island. But it was a life she deeply loved. In her words, “I could not be contented elsewhere.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 01, 2020
Covid-19: Living Through Historically Significant Times
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Tracy and Holly discuss what it feels like, as people who study history, to live through an event that you know will be historically significant. To all of our listeners: Please stay safe, and thank you for being part of the SYMHC family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 30, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Flu Epidemic of 1918
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This 2014 episode coverts he 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which killed somewhere between 20 million and 50 million people. Nobody cured it, or really successfully treated it. A fifth of the people in the world got the flu during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Pettenkofer and Poison
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Holly and Tracy discuss the advance casualness of recording entirely from home, as well as Max von Pettenkofer's psyche, and the fairly recent rise of the poison control hotline. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Poison Control: A History
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How did the U.S. get to the point of having this one resource, specifically for poisoning, that’s so reliable and available that it gets printed on the labels of consumer products?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 25, 2020
Max von Pettenkofer’s Anticontagionism
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Pettenkofer's ideas about how cholera spread weren’t exactly right, but they still had really beneficial impacts on the way we live. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 23, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Tagore, Erstwhile Knight
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In this 2010 episode, previous hosts Sarah and Deblina trace the life of Tagore through his childhood to knighthood and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 21, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Shortest War and Lady Baseball
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Holly and Tracy talk about aspects of Zanzibari culture that Holly had not considered prior to this week's episode, and Tracy's rewatch of "A League of Their Own." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
Offbeat History: The Crash at Crush and Other Train Wreck Spectacles
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In fall 2017, we talked about a strange cultural phenomenon. For a brief window from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, people in the United States were watching train wrecks for fun. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: Marchesa Luisa Casati
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In 2017 we covered the offbeat life of Marchesa Luisa Casati. While many have admired heiress Casati over the years for her life led entirely based on her aesthetics, she was also entirely self-serving. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: Lisztomania
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In 2015, we talked about Franz Liszt, who was a pianist, a composer and a conductor, and basically the first rock star who drove fans into fits of swooning and screaming. Some fans even stole the detritus of his life (unfinished coffee, broken piano strings) to carry with them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2
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The second part of this offbeat revisit! As the New York Sun's series of astonishing moon discoveries concluded, most people recognized that it was a hoax. But what made people buy into the tall tale in the first place? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1
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This offbeat 2015 episode covers a series of 1835 news articles about some utterly mind-blowing discoveries made by Sir John Herschel about the lunar surface. The serial had everything: moon poppies, goat-like unicorns, lunar beavers and even bat people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: Hennig Brand and the Discovery of Phosphorus
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It's a 2019 show about urine! Spoiler alert: Hennig Brand discovered phosphorous by boiling pee. But he was trying to do something else: He thought the secret to the philosopher’s stone might be found in urine.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: A Culinary History of Spam
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Back in 2014, we tackled SPAM's story. This famous Hormel Foods product was invented in the 1930s to make use of a surplus of shoulder meat from pigs. It played a huge role in WWII, and shaped the cuisines of many Pacific Island nations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprints
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In October 2017, we talked about mysterious prints that looked like hoof marks appeared all over the English seaside county of Devon in February 1855. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 2
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We continue out offbeat 2015 story. Once the effort to import hippos to the U.S. got the backing of a politician, two men with intertwined histories, Frederick Russel Burnham and Fritz Duquesne, were brought on board to serve as experts and advocates. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Offbeat History: The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 1
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An offbeat episode from 2015: In 1910, the U.S. a meat shortage, and a water hyacinth overgrowth problem. The obvious solution to the dilemma: Import hippos from Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
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The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, and it went on for years after WWII. These women were athletes, some of whom thought they were starting on a career in professional baseball. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 18, 2020
Anglo-Zanzibar War
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Zanzibar is a relatively tiny place, but its place in history is significant, largely because of its geographical position. Its value as a trading port led it, over time, to be the location of what’s often called the shortest war in history.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 16, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Why did a riot start over Shakespeare?
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This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers an often-requested topic. Shakespeare is typically associated with cultural sophistication rather than violent bouts of near-anarchy. But this wasn't the case during the Astor Place Riot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Insulin
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Tracy and Holly discuss diabetes, insulin, and the moral complexities that are often part of scientific research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 13, 2020
The Discovery of Insulin, Part 2
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Last time we talked about how diabetes has been described through history, including treatment before the development of insulin. Today, we’re telling the insulin part of the story, which was at times fraught and contentious.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 11, 2020
Introducing Personology
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A psychological examination of historically significant lives. We will peak into the minds of our subject to answer, what made them tick? Uncovering the personal motivations that drove their public acts and how those acts in turn changed all our lives. The first episode of Personology is now available. Listen here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 10, 2020
A History of Diabetes, Pre Insulin, Part 1
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To lead into discussing the discovery of insulin, today we have a history of diabetes and its treatment in the centuries before insulin was developed, including the starvation diets that were used in the years just before the discovery.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 09, 2020
SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Peanut Butter
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This 2015 episode delves into how peanut butter got its name in the 18th century, but it's been around in some form for hundreds and hundreds of years. Its modern history features changes to the recipe and even a little litigation with the FDA. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Morandi and Kemmler
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Tracy and Holly discuss the ways in which the sexes were perceived during the time of Anna Morandi Manzolini and the aspects of Kemmler's story that made Holly very angry during research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 06, 2020
The Electrocution of William Kemmler
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After committing a brutal murder, William Kemmler was the first man to be put to death in the electric chair, at a time when a great deal of conflict and controversy swirled around the death penalty.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 04, 2020
The Wax Anatomy of Anna Morandi Manzolini
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In 18th-century Bologna, one of the most skilled and renowned anatomists and wax model makers was a woman named Anna Morandi Manzolini. Working first with her husband then on her own, Anna contributed to the medical and scientific fields immeasurably.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 02, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Boston Massacre
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Today we revisit a 2013 episode about the Boston Massacre. That sounds like the slaughter of many innocents, but the reality is smaller and not nearly so one-sided. But there's a reason why we call it a massacre. And that reason is propaganda. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 29, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Leicester and Dr. Calinda Lee
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Holly and Tracy discuss the relationship between the Hemingway brothers and the challenges of claiming one's own island. Holly also shares her experiences spending an afternoon at the Atlanta History Center. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 28, 2020
Interview: Dr. Calinda Lee of the Atlanta History Center
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Holly was joined in the studio by historian Dr. Calinda Lee to talk about her work with the Atlanta History Center, and specifically the new exhibit "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 26, 2020
Leicester Hemingway
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Leicester Hemingway's life was very much lived in the shadow of his brother. It isn’t until after Ernest Hemingway’s death that Leicester made his boldest moves in life.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 24, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Sham Battle and Cochecho Massacre
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This 2015 episode revisits an event that was half performance for the British troops, and half actual sham. It led to an attack on Dover by the Pennacook tribe in 1689. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 22, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Croquet and King Philip
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Holly and Tracy cover their experiences with croquet and historical stories that didn't fit into the episode, and then discuss the challenges in researching North America's indigenous nations histories when most narratives are written by white colonists. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 21, 2020
King Philip’s War
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King Philip’s War was an armed conflict primarily between English colonists and Indigenous nations in what’s now New England, although there were some Indigenous peoples who were allied with the colonists.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 19, 2020
Croquet History
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Croquet's origins are murky, but because of its relative ease of play and low barrier of entry, it went through a surge in popularity almost as soon as it was documented. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 17, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Archaeology and Harvard Indian College
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We're revisiting a 2015 episode, where Holly chats with archaeologists Patricia Capone and Diana Loren about Harvard's Indian College, the school's importance to Colonial history and the ongoing archaeology of Harvard Yard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 15, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: ERA and Paul Cuffe
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Tracy and Holly discuss the nuances of the Equal Rights Amendment's history, and the whaling industry that we discussed in the biography of Quaker Paul Cuffe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 14, 2020
Paul Cuffe: Sea Captain, Philanthropist, Pan-Africanist
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Cuffe protested taxation, built wealth for himself in whaling, became a Quaker and used his fortune for the betterment of others. He was also an advocate creating a colony in Africa that people of African ancestry could immigrate to in search of a new life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 12, 2020
(Almost) 100 Years of the Equal Rights Amendment
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The first version of the equal right amendment was first proposed almost 100 years ago. This amendment has been through cycles of support and opposition, but one thing that’s held true is that the loudest voices on both sides have been women. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 10, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Jamaica's Maroon Wars
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This 2017 episode delves into the story of the Jamaican Maroons. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jamaica's Maroon communities clashed with British colonial government. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Sand and Activism-ins
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Holly and Tracy talk about George Sand's defiance against social convention, and the difficulty in discussing certain aspects of their most recent episode on activism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 07, 2020
Get Ready for Tumanbay seasons 1 & 2
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Tumanbay seasons 1 & 2 coming soon to iHeartRadio. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 06, 2020
Six Impossible Episodes: Other Ins
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We've talked about sit-ins on the show before. This time, we’re looking at other -ins – direct action demonstrations and similar protests that have some similarities to the sit-in movement.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 05, 2020
George Sand: Novelist, Muse and Gender Bender
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She was an incredibly famous writer of incredible output. Her behavior and personal style were almost as talked about as her novels, and these factors combined made her into a figure that was admired by many, despised by some, and completely fascinating. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 03, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Freedom Riders
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The Freedom Rides were happening at about the same time as the sit-in movement of the 1960s that we talked about this week – and involved some of the same people. Previous hosts Sarah and Deblina did two episodes on the Freedom Rides in the U.S. in September of 2011, and we’re playing them both together.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 01, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Friedrich and the Greensboro Sit-ins
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Holly and Tracy discuss one of Caspar David Friedrich's paintings that wasn't part of the episode on him. They also discuss Tracy's experience in school not including the Greensboro sit-ins, and how that Woolworth's has become a museum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 31, 2020
Upcoming Special Edition of The Soundtrack Show
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David W. Collins recently sat down for a conversation with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez to talk about their Oscar-nominated songwriting work on "Frozen II" and their shared love of music. That two-part special episode will start next week, so be sure to subscribe to The Soundtrack Show wherever you listen so you don't miss it! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2020
The Lunch Counter Sit-ins, Greensboro and Beyond
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On Feb. 1, 1960, four students sat down at a segregated lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. It started with just four of them, but others joined, and sit-ins were taking place around the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 29, 2020
Caspar David Friedrich
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Friedrich's painting career, most closely associated with the German romantic movement, continues to influence and inspire artists today. In his own time, his work was both lauded and controversial, and then fell out of favor for decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 27, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Wallis Simpson & Nazi King
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This is two 2010 classics from previous hosts Katie and Sarah, covering the relationship of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the abdication crisis that resulted, and their sympathies for the Nazi party. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 25, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Lord Elgin
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In today's casual Friday chat, Tracy and Holly discuss the Elgin marbles and the complex issues that museums face regarding the repatriation of artifacts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 24, 2020
Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures, Part 2
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Today's episode covers how the removal of Ancient Greek artifacts from Greece by Lord Elgin played out, how these sculptures became part of the collection of the British Museum, and why the controversy over all this has continued until today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 22, 2020
Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures, Part 1
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Starting in 1801, the Seventh Earl of Elgin removed many classical Greek sculptures from Greece, particularly from the Parthenon and other monuments at the Acropolis in Athens. Pt. 1 covers the events leading up to the early removal efforts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 20, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Ghost Army
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We’re revisiting a 2015 episode about the U.S. Ghost Army, a top-secret group assembled to create confusion and mislead Axis forces during WWII.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 18, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: André Le Nôtre
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Holly and Tracy discuss the great master gardener's work, delve into the moral implications of opulence, and weigh those against the value of the resulting art. They also discuss the nature of unconscious perception of others based on presentation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 17, 2020
André Le Nôtre, Part 2
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In part one, we talked about Le Nôtre's early years and his work at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Today, we'll pick up with his incredible achievements designing and executing the gardens of Versailles and his later life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 15, 2020
André Le Nôtre, Part 1
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Le Nôtre's work defined the French formal garden in the 17th century. Today in part one, we’re going to cover his life up to a project that was controversial not for Le Nôtre's part in it, but because of its implications for the property’s owner. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 13, 2020
SYMHC Classics: Hokusai
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We're revisiting our 2015 episode on Hokusai, who lived during a time when there was not a lot of contact between Japan and the West. But even so, he drew some influence form Western art, and Western art was greatly influenced by his own work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 11, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Joan Curran and Murasaki Shikibu
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On today's casual Friday talk, Tracy and Holly talk about the surprising level of recognition Joan Curran got from male contemporaries, war debris, and the skeevier aspects of the "Tale of Genji." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 10, 2020
Murasaki Shikibu and the Tale of Genji
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Murasaki Shikibu, sometimes known in English as Lady Murasaki, lived during Japan’s Heian period. She was a lady-in-waiting to Empress Shoshi, and is credited with writing the Japanese classic literature work, "Tale of Genji." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 08, 2020
Joan Strothers Curran and Radar Countermeasures
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Curran was a Welsh scientist who developed a system of thwarting radar for the Allied forces in WWII. What we know of her work is entirely pieced together from accounts by her male colleagues, who, fortunately, recognized the importance of her contributions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 06, 2020
SYMHC Classics: The Riotous Life of Caravaggio
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This classic from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina explores the controversial life of Caravaggio. He may not be as well-known as Leonardo da Vinci, but this amazing painter has been receiving more and more attention in recent times. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 04, 2020
Behind the Scenes Minis: Unearthed! in December 2019
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In discussing this week's episodes, Tracy explains how she tracks news stories on her Unearthed! Pinterest board, and she and Holly theorize about why some topics have a lot of interest clustered in any given year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 03, 2020
Unearthed! in December 2019, Part 2
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It’s part two of our year-end Unearthed! Today, we have some longtime listener favorites, including edibles and potables, Otzi, and exhumations. And some other stuff – beginning with several studies about what exactly caused the Neanderthals to die out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 01, 2020
Unearthed! in December 2019, Part 1
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It’s time for the end-of-the-year edition of Unearthed! Today we have episode updates, books and letters, shipwrecks, and animal finds, among a few other categories. Next time we’ll have the edibles and potables, clothing and accessories, and exhumations, among others. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 30, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Haile Selassie
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Haile Selassie wasn't just the last emperor of Ethiopia -- he is also hailed as a messiah. In this classic episode from 2011, previous hosts Deblina and Sarah explore the astonishing life of Haile Selassie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 28, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Aspirin and Lalibela
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On this casual Friday chat, Tracy and Holly share their thoughts on the history of aspirin, as well as the amazing churches carved from stone in Ethiopia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 27, 2019
Ethiopia's Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela
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The complex at Lalibela was excavated from volcanic rock about 700 years ago, and has been in continuous use since then. It's connected to the overall history of Christianity in Ethiopia -- different from Christianity in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 25, 2019
Holiday Bonus! NORAD Tracking Santa: A Cold War History
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Just a little Christmas Eve cheer for our listeners as everyone keeps an eye out for Santa! It's our 2017 episode about how NORAD started tracking Santa. There’s some myth-busting here, and maybe the tiniest bit of bah-humbug. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 24, 2019
The Invention of Aspirin
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From its natural base substance, salicin, to the invention of its synthetic derivative form that we still use, the story of aspirin has its own controversy and conflict, including whether the proper chemist has been given credit for its invention. .  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 23, 2019
Introducing Service: Stories of Hunger and War
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How do our food stories change during wartime? Each episode follows a World War II veteran from their home in the United States through their overseas deployment and back again. We hear firsthand where they fought, who they fed, how they ate, and what tastes they missed most while away at war. "Service: Stories of Hunger and War" is an iHeartRadio production hosted by Jacqueline Raposo. Listen now everywhere podcasts are found: https://megaphone.link/service Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 22, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Not Ned - Bushrangers in Later Years
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This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina continues the bushranger discussion. After 1853, many bushrangers were native-born. Ben Hall seemed on track for a peaceful life until two wrongful arrests put him on different path. And then there's "Mad" Dan Morgan. who was known for meaningless murders, cruelty and violence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 21, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Chien-Shiung Wu and Helium
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It's easy to marvel at the work of scientists, both in terms of the scientific concepts themselves and in the ways scientists behave. Both of those things, as well as foreign language verb tense, feature in this casual discussion of this week's episodes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 20, 2019
The Discovery of Helium
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Helium and humankind's understanding of it sits at the earliest intersection of astronomy and chemistry. The story of its discovery also features two scientists who were working on similar ideas concurrently, with a surprising outcome. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 18, 2019
Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics
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She was one of the greatest experimental physicists of her era, publishing influential papers before she was even out of graduate school. She made multiple major contributions to the field during her career, and became known as the Chinese Marie Curie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 16, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Not Ned - Early Australian Bushrangers
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While Ned Kelly may be the most famous bushranger, he's certainly not the only one. Join previous hosts Deblina and Sarah as they explore the lives of early bush rangers in this 2011 classic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 14, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Wegener and Italian Hall
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Tracy and Holly spend a few moments discussing the career of Alfred Wegener, and the needless tragedy of the events of the Italian Hall Disaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 13, 2019
Italian Hall Disaster
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The Italian Hall disaster happened during a strike in Michigan’s copper country, which lasted from the summer of 1913 to the early spring of 1914. On Christmas Eve, a tragic event played out that claimed the lives of dozens of people in Calumet, Michigan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 11, 2019
Alfred Wegener, Beyond the Drift Dispute
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Alfred Wegener had a HUGE career outside of his ideas around what we now understand as plate tectonics, which had both detractors and supporters. He did important and respected work that touched on multiple disciplines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 09, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Ned Kelly's Last Stand
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In 2011, previous hosts Sarah and Deblina talked about Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger. He became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Now, many Australians think of him as a folk hero. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 07, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Barbecue and Holiday Figures
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On today's casual chat, Tracy and Holly discuss their Texas tour, regional barbecue styles, and the holiday figures in the fourth installment of the Krampus and Friends Holiday Special. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 06, 2019
Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 4
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Our holiday special is back! We're once again looking at holiday figures from around the world. Today, we’re going to have a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese traditions as we cover the nisse, the Yule Goat, and the Seven Lucky Gods. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 04, 2019
SYMHC Live: A Brief (U.S.) History of Barbecue
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In November, we toured Texas! So we selected the very apt topic of barbecue. Barbecue is deeply tied to language and history and culture, especially in the South – so this episode is about a lot more than meat. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 02, 2019
Introducing 'The Women'
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"The Women" is a new podcast from iHeartRadio, hosted by Rose Reid, who interviews changemakers and disruptors to find out what drives them. These interviews are personal, candid, and surprising, and feature people like former CIA agent and Congressional hopeful Valerie Plame, and Flint, Michigan whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 01, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Booth Conspiracy
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This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers John Wilkes Booth's escape, his co-conspirators' attacks against other officials, and the strange connections between Booth and Lincoln. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 30, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Belinfante and Chutz-POW!
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It's Chutz-POW! week! Tracy and Holly discuss some of the details about Frieda Belinfante's life that didn't make it into Monday's episode, and talk about the importance of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's comic book project at a time when there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors living to tell their stories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 29, 2019
Interviews: The Team Behind 'Chutz-POW!'
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We're joined by three members of the team that works on the "Chutz-POW!" comic books series. Birdie Willis, Jackie Reese and Marcel Walker join Holly for discussions about Frieda Belinfante, using comics in education, and the future of this project. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 27, 2019
Frieda Belinfante – Musician and Resistance Agent
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Frieda Belinfante is inspiring as a musician, breaking gender barriers in becoming a conductor. She was also a member of the Dutch resistance, who risked her life again and again during WWII in defiance of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 25, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Alice Roosevelt
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Today we revisit a 2015 episode about Alice Roosevelt. The eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed "the Second Washington Monument" because of her social power, which she parlayed into political influence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 23, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Occupation of Alcatraz
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Tracy and Holly talk about the episodes that made up this week's two-parter on the Occupation of Alcatraz, including how they learned about Native American history in elementary school. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 22, 2019
The Occupation of Alcatraz, Part 2
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The Occupation of Alcatraz started 50 years ago on November 20, 1969 and went on for a year and a half. Last time, we talked about context and the events that led up to the occupation. Today we'll cover how the occupation itself played out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 20, 2019
The Occupation of Alcatraz, Part 1
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This episode gives context for the Occupation of Alcatraz, including a brief survey of U.S. government policy toward Native people from the colonial period through the 1950. It also covers some Alcatraz history and an earlier occupation in 1964. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 18, 2019
Our Sister Show: This Day In History Class
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Holly and Tracy wanted to share a sample of the spinoff of Stuff You Missed in History Class: This Day in History Class. Every day, host Yves Jeffcoat brings listeners a small slice of history in a short-form episode. Today, we offer a sampling from Yves. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 17, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life
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This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers Johann Dippel. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he's remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 16, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Photos, Quakes and Fires
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Holly and Tracy talk casually about the week's episodes, featuring the photography career of Frances Johnston and the devastation of San Francisco in 1906. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 15, 2019
San Francisco 1906: The Great Quake and Fires
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On the morning of April 18, 1906, an event that lasted less than a minute changed San Francisco forever. An earthquake and a series of fires devastated much of the city and had long-term ramifications.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 13, 2019
The Photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston
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Fannie Johnston is tied to SO MANY people and events that we have talked about on the show before. She’s like a history nexus point. And she was able to make a very nice living for herself as a photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 11, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Tulsa Race Riot and Black Wall Street
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This 2014 episode came up recently because of the event's inclusion on a television show. "Black Wall Street" was a nickname for Greenwood, a vibrant suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was destroyed in a race riot in 1921. And while Greenwood's destruction was definitely the product of racial tensions, the event was much more one-sided. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 09, 2019
Behind the Scenes Minis: Witchfinder and Baby Sideshow
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This is a new feature for the show! On these Friday minisodes, Tracy and Holly will talk in more candid terms about the week's episodes and their research. This first one covers Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins and Dr. Couney's Baby Sideshow. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 08, 2019
Dr. Couney's Baby Sideshow
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Couney ran incubator sideshows, featuring premature babies. This is complicated -Couney was making money from these attractions, and his medical experience was questionable. But at the same time, premature babies weren’t getting a lot of care otherwise. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2019
Matthew Hopkins and The Discovery of Witches
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England’s largest and deadliest set of witch trials were largely influenced by one man – Matthew Hopkins, who was known as the Witchfinder General, even though that doesn’t seem to have been an official title given to him in any sort of formal way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 04, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Maria Tallchief
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Reaching back to a 2014 episode on Maria Tallchief, a Native American dancer who was the first grand ballerina of the United States. Through her partnership with famed choreographer George Balanchine, she helped shape ballet in America and served as an inspiration for artists from all backgrounds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 02, 2019
SYMHC Live: William Mumler's Spirit Photography
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In the 1860s, Mumler rose to fame as a photographer of spirits. Whether Mumler was earnest or was just fleecing people is a tricky question, in part because while evidence mounted against him, he always professed his innocence.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 30, 2019
The Greenbrier Ghost
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The story of Zona Heaster Shue's death and subsequent appearances to her mother as an apparition are often referred to as the only case in the U.S. when a ghost’s testimony convicted a murderer. But of course, there’s a lot more to the story.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 28, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Accused by a Ghost!
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This 2012 episode is from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. In the early 1760s, the so-called Cock Lane Ghost haunted a London home, communicating through knocks. The ghost accused her former partner of poisoning her. However, as more details emerged people wondered if the haunting was an act of earthly revenge. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2019
Introducing History VS.
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In the podcast History Vs., we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation. History VS. is now available. Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 25, 2019
The Catacombs of Paris
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The Catacombs contain the bones of an estimated 6 to 7 million people. Their history is really two interconnected stories of mines and human remains, because in the 18th century, Paris was dealing with two huge problems simultaneously. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 23, 2019
F.W. Murnau, Director of the Nosferatu
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Murnau is most well known for directing the first vampire film, but the German-born creator went on to make a number of influential films before his early death. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 21, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Lady Who Turned to Soap
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We're revisiting a 2015 episode on a very fascinating corpse. Saponification is the process of turning to soap, and in certain conditions, cadavers do it. The Soap Lady is one of the most famous cases of an adipocere-covered corpse, but there are many like her. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 19, 2019
SYMHC Live: Mysteries of the Color Blue
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Blue is the most popular color in many parts of the world, and it can seem like it's everywhere. . But many ancient languages didn’t have a word for blue, and some languages still don’t. This show was recorded live at a National Gallery of Art's NGA Nights event. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 16, 2019
Jeanne Baret
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Baret was the first woman known to circumnavigate the globe. But her experience wasn’t just about the travel – she was working, and her work took her to places that were totally unexpected for someone of her gender and economic class in the 18th century.  





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Oct 14, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Case of the Colorado Cannibal, Alferd Packer
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It's an unsettling 2012 episode! In the winter of 1873, Alferd Packer led gold prospectors into the Rockies, but harsh conditions soon set them off course. Packer was the only survivor, and he looked oddly well-fed. He claimed he'd killed in self-defense. But was he guilty of murder?

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Oct 12, 2019
Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 2
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In this episode, we’ll go from the international agreement that prepared for a global airline industry up to the deregulation of U.S. commercial aviation in the late 1970s. And then we have a special guest -- John Hodgman came by the studio for a visit!

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Oct 09, 2019
Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 1
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Since the possibility of air travel became a reality, many entrepreneurs were trying to figure out a way to make flight into a business. This first of two parts covers those early efforts, and the growth of the airline industry up to WWII.

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Oct 07, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Beast of Gevaudan
2019
This 2014 episode covers attacks on women and children of Gevaudan in the 1760s, which sparked a huge push to hunt and kill the mystery beast behind them. While efforts to track the animal struggled, France was gripped in terror.

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Oct 05, 2019
The Black Sox Scandal
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Some of the Chicago White Sox players confessed to taking a bribe to lose the 1919 World Series on purpose, but they never admitted to actually underplaying. And the collective memory about this whole scandal is very different from how it all played out.

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Oct 02, 2019
Unearthed! In Autumn 2019
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As promised in July, we have some Unearthed this fall! We've got past episode updates,  cannonballs, things that are oldests and firsts, textiles, edibles and potables, and a little bit of creepy and eerie stuff at the end. 

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Sep 30, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Doctors' Riot of 1788
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We're revising a 2014 episode today. In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them. This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to a fever pitch in 1788. 

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Sep 28, 2019
Interview: Sarah Roberts of the Atlanta History Center
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Holly sat down with Sarah Roberts, the Vice President of Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections at the Atlanta History Center, to talk about making history a living part of Atlanta's community culture.

You can visit the Atlanta History Center's website here: https://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/









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Sep 25, 2019
Robert Liston, Surgical Pioneer
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Liston is most known for a tale about how multiple deaths resulted from one of his surgeries. But that means that his entire biography as a surgeon is dominated by the apocryphal events of one day. So today we’ll unpack his career and ethics.





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Sep 23, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street
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Today's classic from 2014 features Hetty Green. She was the wealthiest woman in the U.S., skilled when it came to amassing a fortune. But her eccentric behavior and miserly ways led to bad press and a less-than-flaterring nickname. 

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Sep 21, 2019
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
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She was the Spanish empire’s most widely published poet of her time, and her work has survived until today, but not her own thoughts about much of her life. Consequently, her life, and her very complex poetry, has been really subject to interpretation.




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Sep 18, 2019
The Success of Pastellist Rosalba Carriera
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Venetian portraitist Carriera achieved a surprising level of success in the male-dominated European art world of the early 1700s. Her work helped popularize pastels and her portraits were commissioned by Europe's most prominent figures. 

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Sep 16, 2019
SYMHC Classics: John Harvey Kellogg
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We're revisiting a 2013 episode about John Harvey Kellogg. His last name is famous for breakfast cereal, but was a 19th-century doctor with some unique (and groundbreaking) beliefs about health and wellness.His Battle Creek Sanitarium was home to anything but treatment as usual.  The first episode of Modern Ruhles is now available. You can listen to it here.  

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Sep 14, 2019
The 1954 Guatemalan Coup Part 2
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United Fruit Company was Guatemala’s largest employer and largest single landowner when the October Revolution took place. It also controlled the railroad, the port and the utilities. And it feared that the new government threatened its business interests.

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Sep 11, 2019
The 1954 Guatemalan Coup Part 1
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The 1954 coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Guatemala was orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Part one will outline the various influences leading up to the coup, including the involvement of United Fruit Company. 

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Sep 09, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Sinking of the S-5
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Today's episode is a classic from November 2014. 1920, the S-5 left the Boston Navy Yard on its first mission, with a crew of 36 officers and enlisted men. While performing a crash dive as part of a performance evaluation, the crew found themselves on a sinking vessel.

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Sep 07, 2019
The Impious Philosophy of Anaxagoras
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Anaxagoras and his work in unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos crossed the boundaries between philosophy and astronomy.. And it was, in many ways WAY ahead of its time –  ahead enough that he was criminally charged for it. 

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Sep 04, 2019
The Great English Convent Case of 1869
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This case fed an already growing anti-Catholic movement in England in the 1860s. Additionally, it played on the shock of women being incredibly cruel to one another – something that was even used by the plaintiff’s legal team when speaking to the jury.

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Sep 02, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Catalpa and the Fremantle Six
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Today we revisit a 2015 episode about an international jailbreak! In the 1860s, a crew from the United States mounted a mission to Western Australia to rescue imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who had been imprisoned by Great Britain.

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Aug 31, 2019
Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey’s Lady’s Book
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Godey’s Lady’s Book was the most popular magazine in the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century. Although it’s most well-known for its hand-tinted fashion plates, its content included poetry, fiction, household tips, music, and etiquette.

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Aug 28, 2019
John Wilkins and His 1640s Lunar Exploration Plans
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In the 1600s, John Wilkins was planning out what he thought it would take for humans to travel to the moon. Wilkins managed to ride out a rocky time in England’s historycomfortably, and was well known; he appears in the diaries of Samuel Pepys.

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Aug 26, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Elizabeth Blackwell, America's First Female M.D
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Today we revisit a 2014 episode. Dr. Blackwell had no interest in medicine as a child. But she paved the way for women who came after her and changed the face of medicine in the U.S.

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Aug 24, 2019
Benjamin Lay, the Quaker Comet
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Benjamin Lay was a Quaker and a radical abolitionist who lived in the period between when the Religious Society of Friends began and when it started formally banning slave ownership among its members.

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Aug 21, 2019
The Rise of the Traffic Light
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There are multiple contenders when it comes to the question of who invented the traffic light. This episode looks at a few of the moments in traffic light history that got us to where we are today, as well as what made them a necessity in the first place. 



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Aug 19, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Diogenes of Sinope
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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

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Aug 17, 2019
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 2
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We’re finishing out our two-parter on thalidomide. This episode covers the response, including criminal trials, changes to drug laws, and debates about the legality of abortion, and how this has continued to evolve for thalidomide survivors until today.
 

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Aug 14, 2019
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 1
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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.

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Aug 12, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Freya of Arabia
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Today revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. After a childhood spent roaming Europe, Freya Stark began saving money to take Arabic lessons. Once fluent, she traveled into areas few outsiders had ever been, documenting her travels in best-selling books. 

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Aug 10, 2019
The Peterloo Massacre
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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.

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Aug 07, 2019
William Maclure and New Harmony’s Boatload of Knowledge
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When Robert Owen founded his utopian community, he wanted to have the best minds he could find running the educational system. He recruited William Maclure, who in turn brought many great minds with him. Their boat was nicknamed the Boatload of Knowledge.

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Aug 05, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion
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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?

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Aug 03, 2019
SYMHC Live: The New Harmony Utopias
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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.

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Jul 31, 2019
Unearthed in July, Part 2
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Part two of this year's Unearthed! in July features some longtime listener favorites like edibles, potables and of course shipwrecks.   

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Jul 29, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Heaven on Earth, the Brook Farm Community
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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 balance and equality.

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Jul 27, 2019
Unearthed in July, Part 1
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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. 

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Jul 24, 2019
Thomas Harriot: Mathematician, Astronomer, Relative Unknown
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Harriot's story is tied to SO MANY other notable historic things, including a lot of business with Sir Walter Raleigh. He’s really not a household name like many of his contemporaries, even though he was neck-and-neck with them in terms of discoveries. 

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Jul 22, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Charles IX of France
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Today we revisit a 2015 episode about French royalty. Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of France was prone to fits of rage so intense that people at court feared for their lives.

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Jul 20, 2019
The Port Chicago Disaster
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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. 

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Jul 17, 2019
Ferdinand and Barbara, Married Mad Royals
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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.

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Jul 15, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam
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Today we revisit an episode from 2017 about Ibn Battuta, whose 14th-century travels were extensive. He was away from home for roughly 24 years and during that time traveled through virtually every Muslim nation and territory, becoming the traveler of the age.






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Jul 13, 2019
Fearless, Feisty and Unflagging: The Women of Gettysburg
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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.






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Jul 10, 2019
Thomas Cook, John Cook, and the Rise of the Tourism Industry
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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. 








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Jul 08, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Hartford Circus Fire
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This 2015 episode covers an event in 1944, when one of the most disastrous fires in U.S. history broke out during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Dozens of lives were lost and hundreds of people were injured as the largest big top in the country was consumed by flames.

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Jul 06, 2019
Hatshepsut and the Expeditions to Punt
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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.

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Jul 03, 2019
Sylvia of Hollywood – Beauty Consultant to the Stars
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In the 1920s and 1930s, Sylvia was famous for shaping up starlets, cementing the idea that Hollywood’s beauties were aspirational figures for the average woman. Many of Sylvia's ideas about fitness were totally sensible, but she could also be quite harsh
 

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Jul 01, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Compton's Cafeteria Riot
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This episode reached back to 2015 for some LGBTQ history. In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco's Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history. After the riot, a grassroots effort grew to improve relationships between police and Tenderloin's transgender community.

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Jun 29, 2019
Marie Laurencin: Avante-garde Painter of Paris
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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. 






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Jun 26, 2019
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919
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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.

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Jun 24, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Good Humor v. Popsicle
1963
Today we revisit a fun episode from 2015. There was a time when Popsicle and Good Humor couldn't stop suing one another about frozen treats on sticks. Many legal battles were fought over milk fat, the shapes of the desserts and the definition of the word "sherbet."

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Jun 22, 2019
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 2
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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.

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Jun 19, 2019
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 1
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Elizabeth Packard’s marriage started out well, but soon, her questioning nature exploration of new ideas about religion led her husband to decide she was mentally ill. He had her forcibly committed to the Illinois State Asylum and Hospital for the Insane.

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Jun 17, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Sisi - The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty
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We're traveling back to 2011 for this one! Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sisi, is often considered the public's "favorite" member of the Habsburgs. She only reluctantly carried out her duties, but her murder created an outcry across Europe -- and the story doesn't end there.v

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Jun 15, 2019
The General Slocum Disaster
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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.

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Jun 12, 2019
The Advent of Radioiodine Therapy
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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. 

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Jun 10, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Mad King Ludwig Dines Alone
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In this 2010 episode, previous hosts Katie and Sarah look at Ludwig II of Bavaria. From his opulent, solitary dinners to the amazing Neuschwanstein Castle, it's no surprise that King Ludwig II was known as an eccentric. In fact, people thought he was mad. But why?

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Jun 08, 2019
A Brief History of Doughnuts
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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. 

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Jun 05, 2019
Red Summer, 1919
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In the summer of 1919, a wave of racist violence played out in the U.S. In many ways, the violence of Red Summer was a response to (but NOT caused by) two earlier events: the Great Migration and the return of black soldiers who had fought in World War I.

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Jun 03, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lakshmi Bai -- Who is India's Joan of Arc?
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Today we revisit a 2011 episode of the podcast. Lakshmi Bai was born into wealthy family in 1830, but she was far from the typical aristocrat. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the life and work of Lakshmi Bai, from her youth to her instrumental role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

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Jun 01, 2019
Samuel Pepys, Beyond the Diary
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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.






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May 29, 2019
The Limerick Soviet
1992
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. 







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May 27, 2019
SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Time Capsules
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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?

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May 25, 2019
The 'Mysterious' Birthplace of Chester A. Arthur
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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. 

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May 22, 2019
To the Hon. Chester A. Arthur; Respectfully, Julia I. Sand
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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. 




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May 20, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lili'uokalan -- Who Was the Last Queen of Hawaii?
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Today we're revisiting a 2010 episode from previous hosts Katie and Sarah. Born in 1838, Lili'uokalani became the queen of Hawaii in 1891. Unfortunately, she was destined to be Hawaii's last monarch. Listen in and learn how Hawaii became a state in this podcast.

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May 18, 2019
The Showings of Julian of Norwich
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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.




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May 15, 2019
Godzilla: The Start of His Story
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When Godzilla first hit the big screen, there was no intention that it would launch a film franchise that would run for decades. Director Ishiro Honda intended to make a film warning of the dangers of nuclear testing and man's relationship with nature. 

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May 13, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Kamehameha The Great
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We're traveling back to 2010 to revisit this one from the archive! Born shortly after the appearance of Halley's comet over Hawai'i in 1758, Kamehameha was hailed as the king who would unite the Hawai'ian islands. But how did he turn this prophecy into reality, and what happened to him in the end? 

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May 11, 2019
They Were Her Property: An Interview With Stephanie Jones-Rogers
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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.








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May 08, 2019
Alice Hamilton and the Birth of Occupational Medicine
1996
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.

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May 06, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Bawdy House Riots of 1668
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We're going back to a 2016 episode today. In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays and physically destroy brothels. One of the largest such riot took place during Easter week in 1668, and it was a complicated event.

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May 04, 2019
Evil May-day Riots
2220
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.

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May 01, 2019
Hennig Brand and the Discovery of Phosphorus
2211
Spoiler alert: Hennig Brand discovered phosphorous by boiling pee. And phosphorous is the first element whose discoverer we can name. But he was really trying to do something else: He thought the secret to the philosopher’s stone might be found in urine. 

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Apr 29, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Secret Science - Alchemy!
1596
We're revisiting an episode from Sarah and Deblina from 2011. Many think of alchemy as a fool's pursuit, but alchemy has a rich history closely tied to medicine and metallurgy. Additionally, techniques developed by alchemists strongly influenced chemistry. So why don't we call chemistry alchemy?





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Apr 27, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum: An Interview With Stephanie Stebich
2668
Holly had the privilege of sitting down with Stephanie Stebich, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for a chat in the museum. The discussion covers the building's history, one of the new exhibits there, and one of Stephanie's favorite items in the Smithsonian's collection.  

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Apr 24, 2019
James G. Fair, Silver King
2185
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.

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Apr 22, 2019
SYMHC Classics: John Dee, Her Majesty's Secret Sorcerer
1752
We're revisiting an episode from 2011 featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Born in 1527 to a Welsh family, John Dee grew to become one of Queen Elizabeth's most memorable advisors. Join Sarah and Deblina as they delve into the life and times of this scholar, statesman and sorcerer.

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Apr 20, 2019
Bacon's Rebellion, Part 2
2251
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. 

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Apr 17, 2019
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 1
2036
For a long time Bacon’s Rebellion was primarily interpreted as a precursor to the Revolutionary War, with patriotic colonists rising up against the tyranny of the British colonial government. But there are a lot more moving parts than that. This first part sets the scene and establishes the context of the rebellion. 







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Apr 15, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Rosalind Franklin, DNA's Dark Lady
1840
We're reaching back to 2011 for an episode from Sarah and Deblina about a woman scientist. The men who are usually credited with discerning DNA's structure won the Nobel Prize in 1962, but they used Rosalind Franklin's research. In 1952, she captured the best DNA image available at the time, and the Nobel winners used it without her knowledge.

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Apr 13, 2019
Stop-motion Animation History With LAIKA Studios
4694
Holly recently got to visit the set of LAIKA's new film "Missing Link," and the production team there agreed to be part of an episode about the history of stop-motion animation. This made for a supersized episode with a regular discussion of the topic, plus interviews with four members of the LAIKA team. 

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Apr 10, 2019
Baron Franz Nopcsa
2061
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. 




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Apr 08, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Battle of Hastings
2038
Today we're traveling back to a episode from 2014 about the Battle of Hastings, which is often boiled it down to a sentence: The Normans invaded Britain in 1066, and their victory ended the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history. But of course, that brief description really doesn't do the event justice.

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Apr 06, 2019
Juliette Gordon Low
2597
The, founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America had an early life that’s somewhat surprising. But she was deeply interested in helping other from an early age, and when she learned about the scouting movement, she dedicated her life to it. 





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Apr 03, 2019
The Tiara of Saitaphernes
2192
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. 





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Apr 01, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Laura Bridgman's Education
1807
Today we're revisiting the 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina on Laura Bridgman, the first deafblind person to be educated -- a feat accomplished by Samuel Gridley Howe in the 1830s. People from around the world came to see her, including Charles Dickens, who wrote about her in his "American Travels."

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Mar 30, 2019
The Life and Disappearance of Ettore Majorana
2187
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.

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Mar 27, 2019
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
2557
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.

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Mar 25, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer
1966
Today we revisit a 2015 episode about Emmy Noether pursued a career in mathematics in the early 20th century in Germany, despite many obstacles in her path. She became one of the most respected members of her field, and developed mathematical theory that's still important today.

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Mar 23, 2019
Fanny Brice, Part 2
2380
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. 

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Mar 20, 2019
Fanny Brice, Part 1
2228
Fanny made a space for herself on stage as a comedian because she felt she could never be pretty enough to be an actress. And her personal life was a complete roller coaster. But she remains the original funny girl, making awkward her brand from the time she was a teenager.





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Mar 18, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Caroline Herschel, Astronomy's Cinderella
2061
Today we revisit a 2014 episode about Caroline Herschel, who managed to break the barrier of women in scientific fields far earlier than you might suspect, in part because of her association with her brother, and in equal measure due to her steadfast dedication to her work.

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Mar 16, 2019
Sappho
2438
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.

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Mar 13, 2019
Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention
2501
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.

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Mar 11, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Evliya Çelebi, World Traveler and Companion to Mankind
1857
Today we revisit a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Evliya Çelebi grew up in 17th century Istanbul as the "boon companion" of Sultan Murad IV. In his 20s, Evliya had a prophetic dream and spent decades traveling. During his travels he wrote the Seyahatname, one of history's important travel narratives.

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Mar 09, 2019
Transatlantic Cruising Before the Titanic
2275
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. 

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Mar 06, 2019
Olga of Kiev
2235
Most of what we know about Olga comes from the Russian Primary Chronicle, also known as the Chronicle of Nestor or the Tale of Bygone Years. Some elements of the story may borrow more from legend than from history – it involves an elaborate, gruesome, very thorough revenge … and then a religious conversion. 

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Mar 04, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Katie Sandwina, the Glamorous Strongwoman
1961
We're revisiting a 2015 episode about Katie Sandwina, who wowed crowds from an early age, first as a wrestling act and then exclusively as professional strongwoman. During a time when women's suffrage was a hot button issue, she cultivated an image of a perfectly feminine powerhouse.

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Mar 02, 2019
Alexandre Dumas Père
2572
Alexandre Dumas wrote such classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and both those books’ sequels, eight Marie Antoinette romances, and a BUNCH of other novels and plays. And essays. And travel books. And memoirs. And a dictionary of cuisine. Hundreds and hundreds of works. 





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Feb 27, 2019
General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
2252
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.

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Feb 25, 2019
SYMHC Classics: John Snow and Mary Seacole
2337
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.

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Feb 23, 2019
The Rabbit Test
2160
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?

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Feb 20, 2019
A Brief History of Vodka
2309
The story of vodka is one that’s closely tied to cultural identity for several countries, but where did it originate, and how did it evolve over time? We’ll talk a bit about how vodka is made, where it came from, and how it’s expanded to a global market.

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Feb 18, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Rose Bertin, the First Fashion Designer
2361
We're revisiting an episode from 2014, where we discuss the legendary wardrobe of Marie-Antoinette. Where did all those glorious clothes come from? In large part, they were the work of Rose Bertin, a milliner who found herself the stylist to the queen. 

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Feb 16, 2019
Paul Julius Reuter
2497
Paul Julius Reuter had a knack for filling in the gaps in communication systems, and make a lot of money doing so. And eventually, he managed to to turn Reuters - which he had named himself after - into the largest international news service in the world.

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Feb 13, 2019
Mary Winston Jackson, NASA Engineer
2372
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.





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Feb 11, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Victoria and Albert
1920
We're looking back at an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. She's one of Britain's best-loved queens, but Victoria's parentage made her an unlikely heir. When she became queen at 18, she rebelled from her upbringing. But an early marriage to her cousin Albert changed the way she lived and ruled.

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Feb 09, 2019
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 2
2320
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. 

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Feb 06, 2019
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 1
1905
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.





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Feb 04, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Leading the Charge - The Massachusetts 54th
1958
This episode revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. A 1792 law prevented African Americans from taking up arms in the Civil War. As attitudes against blacks serving changed, black regiments were formed. But prejudices remained until the heroism of black soldiers won the attention of the nation.

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Feb 02, 2019
The Perdicaris Incident
2229
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. 

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Jan 30, 2019
The Regulator War
2681
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.

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Jan 28, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Flannan Isles Disappearance
1737
This 2013 episode delves into a maritime history mystery. The Flannan Islands have been rumored for centuries to be haunted or have some supernatural darkness. In 1900, three men vanished from the lighthouse on Eilean Mor, leaving behind an unfinished meal and a mystery that's never been conclusively solved.

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Jan 26, 2019
Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery
1895
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.





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Jan 23, 2019
Teresa Carreño
1981
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. 




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Jan 21, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lisztomania
1949
This 2015 episode is all about pianist, composer and conductor Franz Liszt. He was basically the first rock star who drove fans into fits of swooning and screaming. Some fans even stole the detritus of his life (unfinished coffee, broken piano strings) to carry with them. 







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Jan 19, 2019
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 2
2609
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.

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Jan 16, 2019
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 1
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Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist in the 19th century. But because a speech most famously associated with Truth is a version rewritten by someone else, she’s commonly imagined as a different person from who she actually was.

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Jan 14, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made
2688
Today we're revising a 2013 episode about the Suquamish chief who is best remembered for a speech he gave upon discovering that Governor Stevens wanted land to build a railroad. However, the speech's origins are nebulous (and in some quotations completely fabricated).

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Jan 12, 2019
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 2
2243
In the first part of this two-parter, we covered ballet’s origins and early evolution. We left off with the founding of the Academie Royale de Musique, and the ways Jean-Baptiste Lully worked to ensure that his academy had as much prestige as possible.  

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Jan 09, 2019
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 1
1849
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.

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Jan 07, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici and the Scarlet Nuptials
1870
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.

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Jan 05, 2019
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 2
2882
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.  






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Jan 02, 2019
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 1
2691
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. 







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Dec 31, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici, Italian Orphan
1772
Today we're revisiting a 2010 episode from Katie and Sarah about Catherine de' Medici, who remains the most famous female member of the Medici clan. Orphaned at a young age, Catherine survived struggles with childhood illness and eventually became the queen consort of France. 

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Dec 29, 2018
Unearthed: Francisco Franco
2534
We’re taking a look at Francisco Franco and the Spanish Civil War. We've talked about Spain’s parliament voting to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and relocate them to a state-funded mausoleum, and we’re giving that entire situation more context.

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Dec 26, 2018
Christmas Triple-Feature: Stille Nacht, St. Nick & Scrooge
2613
We're taking a look at three creative works that have become staples of the Christmas season. All three of them have played a huge part in how people observe and celebrate Christmas in parts of the world, and they all have milestone birthdays this year.

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Dec 24, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Charles Dickens Takes America
1808
This episode revisits the story of Charles Dickens on tour, featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Dickens is best known for chronicling life in London, but he also wrote about the United States - and not in a flattering light. When touring the U.S. and Canada with his wife, Dickens found many American customs repugnant. 







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Dec 22, 2018
Buddy Bolden and the Birth of Jazz
2247
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. 






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Dec 19, 2018
The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
2422
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.






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Dec 17, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Rival Queens -- Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I
2122
Today we revisit an episode from 2009 in preparation for a new episode coming this week about the Babington Plot. Although they were cousins, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart had little in the way of familial affection. Previous hosts Katie and Sarah take a closer look at the infamous rivalry between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I.

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Dec 15, 2018
Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack
2270
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."

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Dec 12, 2018
Six Impossible Episodes: Deja Vu in the U.S. and Canada
2649
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. 

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Dec 10, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Les Filles du Roi
1873
We're revisiting an episode from 2014: the Filles du Roi, or King's Daughters. While the building of a population in a new colony seems like a tricky endeavor, France's King Louis XIV launched a scheme to do just that by shipping eligible ladies to New France in the 1600s.








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Dec 08, 2018
Nell Donnelly Reed
2461
Nell Donnelly Reed built a successful business starting before women even had the right to vote in the U.S. Her story combines fashion, education, workers’ health and safety, kidnapping, and marital scandal. She is, like any historical figure, complicated. 







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Dec 05, 2018
The Rise of the Straw Hat and the Riot of 1922
2102
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?






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Dec 03, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Philo T. Farnsworth
2312
Today we're revisiting the life of Phylo T. Farnsworth, often called the "Father of Television." His initial idea for electronic television came to him as a teen. He's also become something of an icon representing the little guy -- he battled big business in in a patent suit.

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Dec 01, 2018
Auguste Escoffier
2198
Any chefs in our listening audience undoubtedly know about Auguste Escoffier, but people who haven’t studied cuisine may not realize that this one man revolutionized food preparation and restaurant dining in ways that are still part of almost any meal you may be served today. 





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Nov 28, 2018
Friedel Klussmann and San Francisco's Cable Cars
2448
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.





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Nov 26, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World
2041
We're revisiting an episode from 2014 about makeup, which has a rich and lengthy history that spans the globe and crosses cultures. From 10,000 B.C.E. to the 20th century, people have been using cosmetics to enhance their looks -- sometimes with unintended side effects.

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Nov 24, 2018
The Mirabal Sisters
1903
There were four Mirabal sisters -- Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede. The sisters are national heroes in the Dominican Republic, but they weren’t very well-known elsewhere until 20 or so years ago when they became the subject of the historical novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez.





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Nov 21, 2018
SYMHC Live: The USO and Bob Hope
2909
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. 

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Nov 19, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate
1587
Today we revisit our 2013 episode on Stede Bonnet, who left his family in 1717 and became a pirate. Despite having no seafaring experience, Bonnet's brief career as a pirate was eventful, including a stint aboard Blackbeard's ship and raids along the Atlantic coast of North America.

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Nov 17, 2018
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
2618
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree. She lived at a time when a lot of change was happening in the United States as a whole, and among Native Americans and the Omaha tribe she was part of specifically. 






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Nov 14, 2018
Dwight Frye
2306
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. 






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