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History Mysteries Double Feature

Two troubling tales from the 1920s share the stage in this episode. First, newlyweds that vanished on what would have...

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Durable' Mike Malloy

In 1932, a speakeasy owner and several friends planned to commit a murder to cash in fraudulent insurance policies....

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St. Clair's Defeat, or the Battle of a Thousand Slain

In 1791, a confederation of Native American tribes destroyed about half of the American army. The catalyst for that...

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Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile

A princess of the Sikh empire, Sophia Duleep Singh grew up in Great Britain, and was Queen Victoria's god daughter....

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The Gallipoli Campaign

One of the most infamous aspects of World War I was its long, brutal stalemate along the enormous system of trenches...

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A Brief History of Diving Technology

Humans have always longed to explore underwater, but the need to breathe air has been an obstacle. From as far back...

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Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)

We often get episode requests, but because there are so many episodes in the back catalog, some of the most common...

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The Disappearance of the Sodder Children

The Sodder family's West Virginia home caught fire on Christmas Eve, 1945. Five of the children were never seen...

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Author Interview: Fashion History With April Calahan

April has two books out about fashion history, one featuring historical fashion plates, and another on the pochoir...

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Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2

The second part of our episode on the Australian diva focuses on her career in the early 1900s, her charity work and...

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Queen Victoria: The Lady Hastings Scandal

Queen Victoria reigned for more than six decades, but her early years as ruler were peppered with a number of...

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The Vanport Flood

On May 30, 1948, a flood destroyed Vanport, Oregon. What really makes the story more than a historical footnote is...

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The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S....

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Robert Smalls: From Contraband to Congress

After his daring and impressive escape from slavery, Smalls was considered to be contraband, which was a term used...

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The Crayola Crayon Story

It's now a childhood classic, but the modern Crayola crayon has roots in the same company where carbon black was made...

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China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid

After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the punishment that Japanese forces doled out in China for their part in helping...

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Leprosy and the Ko’olau Rebellion

When Hansen’s disease, was introduced to Hawaii, businessmen, especially from the U.S., were having an increasing...

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Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard was a Christian mystic of medieval Europe who was way, way ahead of her time. If she had lived a few...

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The Crescent Hotel and Norman Baker

Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to a beautiful Victorian hotel with a long and winding history. A colorful part of...

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Denmark's Early Royalty and the Jelling Stones

The beginning of Denmark's monarchy more than a thousand years ago is linked to two large rune stones at Jelling. Is...

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