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The Vanport Flood

On May 30, 1948, a flood destroyed Vanport, Oregon. What really makes the story more than a...

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The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from...

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Robert Smalls: From Contraband to Congress

After his daring and impressive escape from slavery, Smalls was considered to be contraband,...

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The Crayola Crayon Story

It's now a childhood classic, but the modern Crayola crayon has roots in the same company where...

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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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Leprosy and the Ko’olau Rebellion

When Hansen’s disease, was introduced to Hawaii, businessmen, especially from the U.S., were...

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Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard was a Christian mystic of medieval Europe who was way, way ahead of her time. If she...

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The Crescent Hotel and Norman Baker

Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to a beautiful Victorian hotel with a long and winding history....

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Denmark's Early Royalty and the Jelling Stones

The beginning of Denmark's monarchy more than a thousand years ago is linked to two large rune...

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Knitting’s Early History

Because of its functionality in providing needed clothing for humans, knitting has been around...

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WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

The duties of the women of the WASP evolved over time, and some of them were quite dangerous. And...

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Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1

Hercules Mulligan was indeed a real person who passed intelligence to George Washington, mostly...

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Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2

After years of protesting and resisting British rule in New York, Mulligan passed important...

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Could someone erase the world's debt?

Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and...

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Wikileaks and the DNC

Earlier this summer Wikileaks released a cache of internal emails from the Democratic National...

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Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?

Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice...

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Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?

What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into...

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Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal

Did the Quaker Oats company really do experiments on children? Join Matt and Ben as they dig...

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Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

Does feminism have a race problem? How have black women shaped abolition, civil rights and...

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Classic Episode: A Skeptic's Guide to Women & Islam

Cristen interviews skeptic blogger and Muslim-turned-atheist Heina Dadabhoy about women and...

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