Wed 24 May 2017
The Scopes Trial 37m play
The Scopes Trial played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.
Mon 22 May 2017
Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler eliminated all of his political enemies, enabling him to declare himself Fuhrer.
Wed 17 May 2017
Copernicus 34m play
In addition to being an astronomer, Copernicus was also a mathematician, a doctor, and wrote a manuscript on devaluation of currency.
Mon 15 May 2017
This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests.
Wed 10 May 2017
In his most brazen prank, Cole schemed to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty.
Mon 08 May 2017
After a protracted, contentious relationship with Philadelphia police, the MOVE organization's home was bombed in 1985.
Wed 03 May 2017
Since its inception, the Derby has become the nation's most famous and prestigious horse racing event.
Mon 01 May 2017
In response to the problems urbanization and mechanization brought to Great Britain, a radical group plotted to kill the Prime Minister's cabinet.
Wed 26 Apr 2017
Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy and problems.
Mon 24 Apr 2017
The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Part 1 covers their rise to fame.
Wed 19 Apr 2017
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the modern world's most infamous incidents of unethical medical research.
Mon 17 Apr 2017
Whitman is often touted as the best and most important poet in U.S. history, but he also worked as a teacher and a journalist. And his poetry career didn't start out particularly well.
Wed 12 Apr 2017
One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. But foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed suspiciously.
Mon 10 Apr 2017
There have been many moments in history when the world came perilously close to a full-scale nuclear war, due to false alarms or miscommunication.
Wed 05 Apr 2017
In our second episode about Brooklyn's 150-year-old public park, we interview three guests about the park's history and restoration.
Mon 03 Apr 2017
Brooklyn's massive public green space tells the historical story of its community. From an undeveloped tract of land, the space was developed to become an Olmstead and Vaux masterpiece.
Wed 29 Mar 2017
Writer H.P. Lovecraft created worlds and stories that continue to be influential more than 80 years after his death.
Mon 27 Mar 2017
There's really not a lot concretely known about the life of Aphra Behn, who was the first woman in English literature to have made her living writing.
Wed 22 Mar 2017
Khutulun's story is a little bit cloudy. It's many hundreds of years old, and accounts of her life involve both propaganda and an outsider’s view.
Mon 20 Mar 2017
Jules Cotard was the first psychiatrist to write about the cluster of symptoms that would come to be called “Walking Corpse Syndrome.” But his work was unfinished, and left a great deal of room for de... 6 more words
Wed 15 Mar 2017
This was one of the worst disasters in Texas history, the worst school disaster in U.S. history.
Mon 13 Mar 2017
The practice of the monarch laying on hands to cure sick people lasted from the medieval period all the way to the 18th century in Britain and France.
Wed 08 Mar 2017
Holly interviews Auschwitz survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat about their book 'Survivors Club.'
Mon 06 Mar 2017
For a very short time between Edward VI and Mary I, Lady Jane was, at least nominally, Queen of England and Ireland.
Mon 27 Feb 2017
From his start as an apprentice to a nurseryman in London, John Kidwell would go on to catalyze the establishment of Hawaii’s pineapple industry.
Dr. Gates joins Holly to talk about history's impact on our future, Black History Month, and his upcoming PBS series 'Africa's Great Civilizations.'
Wed 22 Feb 2017
Maroons are Africans and people of African ancestry who escaped enslavement and established communities in the Caribbean and parts of the Americas. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jamaica's Maroon com... 6 more words
Mon 20 Feb 2017
Rabbi Jacob Rothschild was a vocal activist who spoke out for civil rights despite the danger in doing so.
Wed 15 Feb 2017
After Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, people were incarcerated in inadequate and dehumanizing camps.
Mon 13 Feb 2017
Roughly 122,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated for much of the U.S. involvement in WWII.
Wed 08 Feb 2017
In 1789, a group of protesters -- mostly women -- marched from Paris to Versailles to pressure King Louis XVI to address France's food shortage.
Mon 06 Feb 2017
He was one of the first Americans to achieve fame as a Shakespearean actor, and the first black man to do so.
Wed 01 Feb 2017
Lucille Ball 32m play
Lucille Ball was known for comedy, but worked in modeling, radio and film, as well as television.
Mon 30 Jan 2017
Ed Roberts was a disability rights activist, known as the father of the Independent Living movement.
Wed 25 Jan 2017
When Prince Pedro of Portugal was married off in the 1300s, he only had eyes for his new wife's lady in waiting.