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Butter v. Margarine

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

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Bracero Program

For parts of the 20th century, the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and even...

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Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2

Because he saw himself as Yosemite's ambassador, Hutchings was surprised when the state of...

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Anne Bonny & Mary Read

Famed lady pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read are often requested as a topic by listeners. but...

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Anglo-Cherokee War

During the French and Indian War, a clash between Cherokee tribes and the British -- who had been...

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The Boy Jones, Queen Victoria’s Persistent Intruder

Not long after young Victoria became queen, a young man got into Buckingham Palace, wandered...

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The Boy Jones, After Buckingham

Even though Edward Jones served two prison sentences for his intrusions into Buckingham palace,...

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Classic Episode: Does birth control affect future fertility?

Do oral contraceptives make it harder to get pregnant down the road? Do IUDs increase pregnancy...

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Author Interview: Jason Surrell and The Haunted Mansion

To celebrate the Halloween season with a little Disney flair, Holly chatted with the author of...

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History Mysteries Double Feature

Two troubling tales from the 1920s share the stage in this episode. First, newlyweds that...

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Durable' Mike Malloy

In 1932, a speakeasy owner and several friends planned to commit a murder to cash in fraudulent...

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St. Clair's Defeat, or the Battle of a Thousand Slain

In 1791, a confederation of Native American tribes destroyed about half of the American army. The...

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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...

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The Gallipoli Campaign

One of the most infamous aspects of World War I was its long, brutal stalemate along the enormous...

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A Brief History of Diving Technology

Humans have always longed to explore underwater, but the need to breathe air has been an...

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Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)

We often get episode requests, but because there are so many episodes in the back catalog, some...

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The Disappearance of the Sodder Children

The Sodder family's West Virginia home caught fire on Christmas Eve, 1945. Five of the children...

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Author Interview: Fashion History With April Calahan

April has two books out about fashion history, one featuring historical fashion plates, and...

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Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2

The second part of our episode on the Australian diva focuses on her career in the early 1900s,...

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Queen Victoria: The Lady Hastings Scandal

Queen Victoria reigned for more than six decades, but her early years as ruler were peppered with...

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