holly frey podcasts

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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P.A.R.C., Mills and Special Education

Until 1975, children with disabilities in the U.S. weren’t guaranteed the right to a public education. The ruling in...

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The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1

In August 1835, the New York Sun ran a series about some utterly mind-blowing discoveries made by Sir John Herschel...

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Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 1

Frankie Manning grew up loving dance, learning and practicing in ballrooms and private parties in New York. His...

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Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 2

Once Manning became a professional dancer and choreographer, his work took him all over the world. After WWII...

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Hokusai

Hokusai lived during a time when there was not a lot of contact between Japan and the West. But even so, he drew some...

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The Compton’s Cafeteria Riots

In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco's Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history....

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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane is one of those historical figures whose reputation has in many ways eclipsed the real story. But she...

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Mary Ann Cotton

In the mid-1800s, Mary Ann Cotton is believed to have poisoned as many as 21 people with arsenic, many of them her...

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The Phaistos Disk of Minoan Crete

Like other artifacts that defy deciphering, this clay disk, found on Crete in the early 1900s, has puzzled...

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The Vanishing of the U.S.S. Cyclops

In 1918, a U.S. Navy collier vanished without a trace after leaving Barbados. The ultimate fate of the Cyclops...

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Good Humor v. Popsicle

There was a time when Popsicle and Good Humor couldn’t stop suing one another about frozen treats on sticks. Many...

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Macario Garcia

Macario Garcia was a Mexican-born soldier who served in the U.S. military in WWII, earning a Medal of Honor and a...

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Codex Gigas

This massive medieval manuscript, nicknamed “The Devil’s Bible,” contains multiple lengthy entries, a few shorter...

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Artemisia Gentileschi

She's often called the greatest female painter of the Baroque period, though there were only a few to compare her to....

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The Night Witches

The Night Witches were an all-female bombing regiment in the Soviet Air Force. Flying biplanes meant for dusting...

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Hartford Circus Fire

In 1944, one of the most disastrous fires in U.S. history broke out during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey...

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Dr. Vera Peters

Dr. Peters helped revolutionize the treatment of both breast cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But, at the time, her...

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The History of Carousels

Carousels are part of childhood, but they were originally billed as an entertainment for adults and children alike....

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The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2

As the New York Sun's series of astonishing moon discoveries concluded, most people recognized that it was a hoax....

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