holly frey podcasts

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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Immigration History: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Part 1

The U.S. is, at its heart, a nation of immigrants. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum works to preserve the history...

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Immigration History: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Part 2

The second half of our interview with Dr. Annie Polland from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum focuses on specific...

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The Lady Who Turned to Soap

Saponification is the process of turning to soap, and in certain conditions, cadavers do it. The Soap Lady is one of...

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S.A. Andrée and the 1897 North Pole Balloon Mission

Andrée hoped to succeed in reaching the North Pole where others had failed by doing it by air. With a seemingly...

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The Sham Battle and the Cochecho Massacre

It was half performance for the British troops, and half actual sham, and it led to an attack on Dover by the...

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The Sutherland Sisters

In the late 1800s, seven sisters with musical talent and incredibly long hair made waves in the circus and on the...

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The Sutherland Sisters

In the late 1800s, seven sisters with musical talent and incredibly long hair made waves in the circus and on the...

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Louisa May Alcott

Once you examine Louisa May Alcott's life story, the inspirations for her writing become clear. Her parents were...

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Two Other Alcotts: Bronson and May

Louisa was not the only notable Alcott. Her father, Bronson Alcott, made a name for himself as a philosopher and a...

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Alice Roosevelt

The eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed...

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The Siege of Béxar

The famed Battle of the Alamo was toward the end of the Texas Revolution — a sort of pivot just before the last...

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The St. Kitts Slave Revolt of 1834

Until the 1830s, the dominant industry on St. Kitts was sugar, and the majority of the people living there were...

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The Wright Brothers: An Interview With David McCullough

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, talks about his research and discoveries about the Wright...

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A Brief History of Time Capsules

People feel very strongly about time capsules, even though the contents are often a little underwhelming. What...

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The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 1

In 1910, the U.S. had a meat shortage and a water hyacinth overgrowth problem. The obvious solution to the double...

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The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 2

Once the effort to import hippos to the U.S. got the backing of a politician, two men with wild and intertwined...

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Charles IX

Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of...

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Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace

Tracy and Holly talk with fellow podcaster Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace about his research and writing process....

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Henry Gerber and Chicago’s Society for Human Rights

In the 1920s, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago with the intent to decriminalize homosexuality. The...

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