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Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid was an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor....

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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...

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The Great Vowel Shift, or A Brief History of English

Language is alive. It shifts and changes; pronunciations and spellings morph throughout time....

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WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft,...

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France...

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France...

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Six Impossible Episodes: Possible Apocrypha

We get a lot of requests for topics that are very interesting, but for which there's very little...

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Tarrare, a Case of Polyphagia

Insatiable hunger completely dominated every aspect of this French man in the 18th century. His...

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April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance

Fashion historian April Calahan joined Holly for a talk about the surprising ways that women of...

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The Eruption at Heimaey

In 1973, after a series of earthquakes, a fissure was opened up on the eastern side of the...

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Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)

Most people are familiar with her involvement with the Underground Railroad, but Harriet Tubman...

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Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for...

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Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the...

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The Future of Reality: STDWYTK LIVE

Since the dawn of civilization humanity has attempted to understand the nature of reality, and...

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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 Discovery of 'Planet' Ceres

For a long time, astronomers believed that there must have been a planet lurking in the gap...

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Aviatrix Lilian Bland

Miss Bland was a jockey, a sports photographer, a journalist, a car dealer and a pioneer farmer....

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Desmond T. Doss

Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, though he's not the...

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Isaac Merrit Singer

While his name is most strongly associated with the sewing machine, Isaac Singer's life is a tale...

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Butter v. Margarine

Industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine...

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