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Tarrare, a Case of Polyphagia

Insatiable hunger completely dominated every aspect of this French man in the 18th century. His life took a series of...

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April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance

Fashion historian April Calahan joined Holly for a talk about the surprising ways that women of France protested...

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The Eruption at Heimaey

In 1973, after a series of earthquakes, a fissure was opened up on the eastern side of the Icelandic island of...

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Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)

Most people are familiar with her involvement with the Underground Railroad, but Harriet Tubman was also a spy for...

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Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace,...

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Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was...

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The Achaemenid Empire

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus II in the 6th century BCE, and it became an empire unlike any the world...

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The Discovery of 'Planet' Ceres

For a long time, astronomers believed that there must have been a planet lurking in the gap between Mars and Jupiter....

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Aviatrix Lilian Bland

Miss Bland was a jockey, a sports photographer, a journalist, a car dealer and a pioneer farmer. She also built...

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Desmond T. Doss

Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, though he's not the only one. Two other...

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Isaac Merrit Singer

While his name is most strongly associated with the sewing machine, Isaac Singer's life is a tale far beyond the...

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Butter v. Margarine

Industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine way before it was...

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Butter v. Margarine

Industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine way before it was...

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Bracero Program

For parts of the 20th century, the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and even encouraging, Mexican...

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Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2

Because he saw himself as Yosemite's ambassador, Hutchings was surprised when the state of California told him his...

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Anne Bonny & Mary Read

Famed lady pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read are often requested as a topic by listeners. but telling their story...

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Anglo-Cherokee War

During the French and Indian War, a clash between Cherokee tribes and the British -- who had been allies -- slowly...

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The Boy Jones, Queen Victoria’s Persistent Intruder

Not long after young Victoria became queen, a young man got into Buckingham Palace, wandered around, and attempted to...

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The Boy Jones, After Buckingham

Even though Edward Jones served two prison sentences for his intrusions into Buckingham palace, it seems that the...

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Author Interview: Jason Surrell and The Haunted Mansion

To celebrate the Halloween season with a little Disney flair, Holly chatted with the author of "The Haunted Mansion:...

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