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Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)

There was a whole lot more to Harriet Tubman’s life and work than her time as a conductor on the...

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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...

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The Jacobite Rising of 1745

Portrayals of this piece of Scottish and English history are often simultaneously romanticized...

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary

She was a black Canadian-American who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit...

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Unearthed! in July!

We're halfway through the year, and we have SO MANY unearthed items already! So, after polling...

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U.S. Contraband Camps

When three escaped slaves showed up at a Union position during the U.S. Civil War, the decision...

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Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1

Once Yosemite had been seen by white men, it became the focus of a great deal of attention, both...

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Evel Knievel Part II

In today's episode, we cover part two of our Evel Knievel suite. The man, the myth, the legend....

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SYSK Selects: Gesundheit! How Allergies Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, about 30-40 percent of humans suffer from some sort of...

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SYSK Selects: How Breast Implants Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, the first attempt at breast augmentation surgery was on a...

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SYSK Selects: How Filibusters Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, although lots of people incorrectly believe the filibuster...

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SYSK Selects: How Maps Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, yes, your brain may have just flash-dried from boredom at the...

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SYSK Selects: What's the 10,000 Year Clock?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, in a desert in Texas a 200-feet-tall clock is being...

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The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson

In WWI, a black U.S. Army unit became one of the most decorated of the war. When these soldiers...

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The Life and Times of Sir Isaac Newton

You may know the apple/gravity story, but Isaac Newton's life was so much more than that. Not...

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Unearthed in 2015, Part 2

More of the 2015 news items of historical significance! The second part of this topic includes...

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The Schoolhouse Blizzard

In 1888, a blizzard so sudden and severe hit the American Midwest and claimed the lives of...

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Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906

One of the worst mining tragedies in history, the explosion that sent fire through the Courrières...

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The Bawdy House Riots of 1668

In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays...

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A Brief History of the Pietà

While Michelangelo's sculpture of Mary holding the deceased body of Christ is the most famous...

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