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Knitting’s Early History

Because of its functionality in providing needed clothing for humans, knitting has been around for a long time....

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WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

The duties of the women of the WASP evolved over time, and some of them were quite dangerous. And once the program...

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Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1

Hercules Mulligan was indeed a real person who passed intelligence to George Washington, mostly through two means —...

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Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2

After years of protesting and resisting British rule in New York, Mulligan passed important information on to George...

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A Brief History of Redlining, Part 2

Part two of this discussion of redlining explores the language that assessors used when making color-coded maps of...

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Sir Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee wasn’t just a film star – he was, by any account, an amazing man. He spoke multiple languages, was an...

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A Brief History of Moonshine

People have fermented foods to make alcohol for much of human history. For this episode, when we refer to...

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Gilles Garnier, the Werewolf of Dole

Sixteenth-century France had a serious case of werewolf panic. Did Garnier really transform into lupine form and...

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NY Super Week LIVE: Assassination History Pt. 1

In October, we went to New York Super Week for our first live show! Joining us was author Bryan Young, who wrote a...

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Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess

Sophia Duleep Singh's education was focused on turning her into a proper lady, in line with her status as a princess....

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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 Road to the Declaration of Sentiments

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met in London in 1840 and bonded instantly over a shared anger at injustices...

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Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill

Katherine McCormick made her mark in two different areas: She was a big part of the movement for women’s suffrage in...

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The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 1

Krampus has become really popular in recent years, but there are many holiday characters from various cultures around...

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The Whiskey Rebellion

Resistance to excise taxes levied against U.S. whiskey distilleries in the 1790s led to violence and rebellion....

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Unearthed in 2015, Part 1

As has become an annual tradition on the show, we’re capping off 2015 slash starting 2016 with a roundup of things...

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The Honey War

the Honey War wasn't really about honey. It was a dispute over state lines. There are some bee trees in the mix, as...

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Linda Hazzard and Starvation Heights

Hazzard had no medical training but called herself a doctor. Her patients often signed over all their money to her,...

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Diogenes of Sinope

Diogenes of Sinope lived was the father of the Cynicism school of philosophy. He was also an incredibly eccentric...

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Pharaoh Djoser and Egypt’s First Pyramid

The pyramids at Giza are iconic Egyptian landmarks, but they weren't the first to appear. Djoser and his vizier...

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