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      Wed 18 Jan 2017

      Great Zimbabwe 33m play

      Great Zimbabwe was a massive stone city in southeastern Africa that was a thriving trade center from the 11th to 15th centuries.

      Mon 16 Jan 2017

      Maria Montessori 46m play

      While she's mostly associated with education, Maria Montessori worked in several fields.

      Wed 11 Jan 2017

      Edmonia Lewis 34m play

      The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time.

      Mon 09 Jan 2017

      Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross 32m play

      After witnessing the brutality of a battle first-hand, Swiss-born Dunant dedicated his life to easing the suffering brought by war.

      Wed 04 Jan 2017

      Beer History with Erik Lars Myers 37m play

      Tracy is joined by Erik Lars Myers, founder, CEO and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company to talk about the history of beer.

      Mon 02 Jan 2017

      Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2 40m play

      Part two of our annual roundup of unearthed news is a bit of a hodgepodg, including edible finds, art and letters and exhumations.

      Wed 28 Dec 2016

      Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1 38m play

      It's time to talk about all the things that were unearthed in 2016, recurrent things, things that are actually older than we thought, and shipwrecks.

      Mon 26 Dec 2016

      Unearthed! Piltdown Man 39m play

      The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades.

      Wed 21 Dec 2016

      Maccabean Revolt 30m play

      The uprising of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire during the Hellenistic period is an integral part of the Hanukkah story.

      Mon 19 Dec 2016

      The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3 35m play

      Last year's episodes on non-Santa holiday figures were so popular that this year, we're featuring Frau Perchta, Olentzero, Mari Lwyd and Ded Moroz.

      Wed 14 Dec 2016

      Belinda Sutton's Post-enslavement Petitions 30m play

      After she became a free woman, Belinda Sutton successfully petitioned for compensation for her years of enslaved labor.

      Mon 12 Dec 2016

      An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock 1h 11m play

      Jerry joins Holly in the studio to talk about the historical significance of the building where HowStuffWorks is headquartered.

      Wed 07 Dec 2016

      The Palmer Raids, Part 2 31m play

      After WWI, thousands of immigrants in the U.S. were rounded up, many without cause or warrant, and kept in horrifying conditions.

      Mon 05 Dec 2016

      The Palmer Raids, Part 1 31m play

      After WWI, there was a great deal of fear that Communist revolutionaries would try to take over the country.

      Wed 30 Nov 2016

      Alabama Governor George Wallace 33m play

      Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives.

      Mon 28 Nov 2016

      Rejected Princesses with Jason Porath 45m play

      Author and illustrator Jason Porath joins Tracy and Holly in the studio to talk about women from history featured in his new book.

      Wed 23 Nov 2016

      The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre 33m play

      In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples.

      Mon 21 Nov 2016

      James Webb and NASA’s Early Days 39m play

      People are often surprised to learn that the namesake for the James Webb Space Telescope wasn't a scientist or engineer, but a lawyer and bureaucrat.

      Wed 16 Nov 2016

      The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2) 43m play

      The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971 remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system.

      Mon 14 Nov 2016

      Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1) 35m play

      In 1971, conditions at Attica were at a point where they were humiliating, dehumanizing and counterproductive to rehabilitation.

      Wed 09 Nov 2016

      The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable 35m play

      Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity.

      Mon 07 Nov 2016

      Six Impossible Episodes: Déjà Vu Edition 36m play

      We often get requests for topics that are so similar to existing episodes that they would sound like repeats.

      Wed 02 Nov 2016

      The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents 47m play

      In the summer of 1791, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds began an affair that would lead to blackmail, political rumors, a 98-page confessional document ... and even... 8 more words

      Mon 31 Oct 2016

      The Hagley Woods Murder 32m play

      In 1943, a skeleton was found in a tree near Birmingham, England, launching a murder investigation which has never been conclusively solved.

      Wed 26 Oct 2016

      A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships 28m play

      There have been numerous instances of ships found adrift with no one on board. Four such ghost ships are featured here.

      Mon 24 Oct 2016

      Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price 56m play

      If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story, as shared by his daughter Victoria Price.

      Wed 19 Oct 2016

      Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake' 51m play

      Baking expert Anne Byrn joins Holly to talk about the place of cake in the U.S. history, from the early colonies right up to the modern era.

      Mon 17 Oct 2016

      Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol 31m play

      From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays.

      Wed 12 Oct 2016

      The Orphan Tsunami 30m play

      In January of 1700, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan. It took a while -- a long while -- to figure out where the catalyzing earthquake had been.

      Mon 10 Oct 2016

      Vardø Witch Trials 28m play

      At the height of Europe's witch trials, the northern coast of Norway had a disproportionate number of executions for sorcery.

      Wed 05 Oct 2016

      The Bell Witch 42m play

      In the early 1800s, a family in Tennessee allegedly experienced what seemed to be a haunting on their family farm.

      Mon 03 Oct 2016

      The Cod Wars 37m play

      A fishing territory dispute between Iceland and the U.K. started off with a cordial tone, but escalated into a serious conflict.

      Wed 28 Sep 2016

      SLCC Live! Robber's Roost, Outlaw Hideout 45m play

      Robber's Roost was a safe haven for outlaws, including Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. Learn about Robber's Roost from Stuff You Missed in History Class.

      Mon 26 Sep 2016

      The New Orleans 1900 Race Riot 46m play

      In July 1900, an interaction between New Orleans police and two black men set off a chain of horrific events.

      Mon 19 Sep 2016

      Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk 42m play

      Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native ... 8 more words

      Mon 12 Sep 2016

      John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry 33m play

      John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, set out to create an armed revolution of emancipated slaves. Instead, it became a tipping point leading to the U.S. Civil War.