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.
Mon 23 Jan 2017
Holly is joined in the studio by Carol Thompson, the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art.
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
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
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
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
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
The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades.