Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Amy Levy

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 45:36

Levy was recognized as an extraordinary literary talent of the 1880s. But after her tragic early death, she receded into the background of history.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Walter Potter's Wild and Wonderful Taxidermy

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 46:39

This 2013 episode covers the taxidermist Potter, who had preserved and mounted 98 birds by the time he was 19. In 1880, his work had grown to a point where it had to be moved to a building, which became his museum. Potter's museum collection continues to enthrall collectors and enthusiasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Purple and Cock Robin

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 20:42

Holly and Tracy discuss Perkin's idealism, and how many things in their lives are impacted by his work. Then they discuss "Who killed Cock Robin?' and Tracy's fascination with it as a child. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Six Impossible Episodes: More Mother Goose

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 42:05

Today's episode is the next installment of our Six Impossible Episodes series, and our second one on nursery rhymes. This one explores the historical context of Jack and Jill, London Bridge, Cock Robin and others.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Sir William Henry Perkin

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 42:58

For Perkin, the creation of the first synthetic dye was the beginning of a career that combined chemistry and business to great success. And he got to see the world of industry change in response to his innovation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Colors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 30:46

This 2014 episode covers how pigments and dyes have historically come from all manner of animals, vegetables and minerals. From ochre to cochineal red to the rarest of purples, color has been an important part of human life for centuries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: The Tarbell Episodes

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 11:22

Tracy talks about the coincidences she encountered while researching this week's episodes. Talk then turns to how complicated Ida Tarbell's story is. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Ida M. Tarbell vs. John D. Rockefeller, Part 2

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 45:22

Tarbell saw her family and community clash with Standard Oil when she was growing up. This second part covers her work for McClure's Magazine and the most important journalistic work of her life – “The History of the Standard Oil Company.”  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Ida M. Tarbell vs. John D. Rockefeller, Part 1

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 45:49

Ida Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists, and the biggest work of her life involved exposing exploitive and illegal business practices at Standard Oil. Part one covers her early life, which led her to that story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 33:55

When Prince Pedro of Portugal was married off in the 1300s, he only had eyes for his new wife's lady in waiting. This 2017 episode about the relationship between Inês and Pedro has everything: romance, deception, murder, and a corpse crowned as queen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Maggie Lena Walker and Pepper's Ghost

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 19:22

Tracy and Holly discuss the possible inspiration for Maggie Lena Walker's name, and then discuss favorite recipes as inspired by a listener mail. They also speculate on Pepper's personality, and how he opened up education to a wide audience. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

John Henry Pepper and His Ghost

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 42:53

While the ghost illusion he created for theaters dominates his life story, Pepper's life story has a number of twists and turns. It's got several professional disagreements, world travel, and even an attempt to control the weather.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Maggie Lena Walker

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 46:40

Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman in the U.S. to charter a bank – she was also the first Black woman in the U.S. to serve as a bank's president. But the bank was only one of her many endeavors which focused on improving the lives of the entire Black community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Mary-Elizabeth Bowser

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 23:15


This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers the life of Mary-Elizabeth Bowser, who was released from enslavement by Elizabeth Van Lew, then went on to become an agent in Van Lew's "Richmond Ring" of Civil War spies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


Introducing: Haileywood

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 2:43

Hi, Stuff You Missed In History Class fans! We're excited for the launch of iHeartradio newest original podcast, Haileywood, hosted by journalist and podcasting veteran Dana Schwartz. It's a brand new show from iHeartRadio and we think you'll enjoy it too. Don't just take our word for it, though. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself! About the podcast: Onscreen, Bruce Willis dodged bullets and explosions in Die Hard and countless action films, making him the biggest movie star of the ‘90s. Offscreen, he dodged the tabloid press and became so determined to live a private life he moved to one of the smallest towns in Idaho. But he didn't just want to live in Hailey — he wanted to transform it. Soon, this sleepy old mining town was home to a culture clash between Hollywood spectacle and small-town values, with real-life secret rooms, car chases, and betrayal worthy of a Willis thriller. Welcome to Haileywood. Host Dana Schwartz will be your guide. Listen and subscribe to Haileywood on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: So Many Edwards, Just One Olivia

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 19:41

Tracy and Holly discuss the inherent problems with looking at the story of the princes in the tower, particularly many people having the same name. Then they discuss the frustration of discovering the Montaukett Nation's legal status with the state of New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 44:24

Olivia Ward Bush-Banks was a Harlem Renaissance writer who also supported writers and artists, hosted salons, and taught drama courses. She was well-known during her lifetime, but her name recognition has faded over time.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Princes in the Tower

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 50:55

Sir Thomas More's version of what happened to the sons of Edward IV has long dominated popular understanding of it. But the conflict between the House of York and the House of Lancaster has many layers, and any account is colored by the alliances of who gave it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 42:35

This 2017 episode examines how, after a traumatic event, strange things began happening around Esther Cox. In the 1870s, Amherst, Nova Scotia was abuzz with theories as to whether the phenomena were the work of a poltergeist, strange electrical charges, or a hoax. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Haunts and Demons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 22:49

Holly and Tracy talk about their experiences with haunted houses, then discuss watching "The Exorcist," and the dynamics in play in Roland Doe's story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Possession Case of Roland Doe

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 48:35

The 1973 horror film “The Exorcist” was inspired by a 1949 alleged possession case in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Roland Doe's story is more tame than the fiction version, and looking at it is really an examination of psychology and lore.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Rise of Haunted House Attractions

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 41:16

Interest in being scared on purpose -- for fun -- led to the development of haunts as entertainment over the last several hundred years. But the 20th century saw explosive growth in haunted house culture, and a tragedy in the 1980s led to new safety regulations for haunted attractions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: The Tussaud Test of Popularity

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 36:25

This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers the story of Marie Tussaud and her famous wax figures. So who exactly was she, and how did she create one of the world's most popular museums? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: October Unearthed!

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 12:21

Tracy and Holly discuss a surprise change to the research process for Unearthed! episodes. They also talk about analysis of post-mortem stomach contents, and discuss memories of a deceased, beloved actor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Unearthed! in October 2021, part 2

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:47

Part 2 of our October 2021 coverage of items literally or figuratively unearthed covers exhumations, shipwrecks, books and letters, and edibles and potables. And it starts with potpourri - things that don't quite fit anywhere else. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Unearthed! in October 2021, part 1

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 44:44

This October 2021 instance of Unearthed! covers updates, some oldest things, animals and graves. There's also an exception to the show's moratorium on including coin hoards in unearthing episodes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Tunguska Event

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 34:57

This 2018 episode covers an even from June 30, 1908, when at approximately 7:15am, the sky over Siberia lit up with what was described by witnesses as a massive fireball, or the sky engulfed in fire. For the last century, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Two Williams

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 19:30

Tracy and Holly discuss problematic aspects of trials and the parts of Rice's story that they each found themselves thinking about. Then, Palmer's status as a doctor is discussed, as well as the weird but unsubstantiated parts of his story that didn't make it into the episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

William Palmer, the Rugely Poisoner

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 44:41

William Palmer often turns up on lists of historical serial killers. Though his trial for murder is generally considered a settled case, it was judged without any hard evidence.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Murder(?) of William Marsh Rice

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 52:02

Rice amassed a big enough fortune to establish a whole university – and become a target for murder. But is that actually how he died? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Hernandez v. Texas

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 43:33

This 2017 episode covers Hernandez v. Texas, which addressed civil rights for Mexican Americans, was the first case to be argued before the Supreme Court by Mexican American attorneys, and set a new precedent in how the 14th Amendment was interpreted in terms of race and ethnicity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Crowley and Cagliostro

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 24:34

Tracy shares her limited of Crowley before she started researching the podcast, and the incomprehensible nature of some of Crowley's writing. They also discuss the many ways that Cagliostro has popped up in media through the years, and what has often been called his wife's betrayal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Cagliostro

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 54:01

He's connected with everything from petty crime to mysticism to claims of nearly eternal life to one of the most famous deceptions in all of history. Cagliostro's life is veiled in the mythology he created for himself, but what remains when you peel back the mythos? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Bad Women: The Ripper Retold Trailer

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 4:32

In late 1888, five women were brutally murdered in a slum neighborhood of London. The violent killer earned himself a nickname - Jack the Ripper. But everything you think you know murders and those murdered women is wrong. In a new 15-part series, historian Hallie Rubenhold tells you the real story of those victims and how they came to be in the path of a serial killer - completely overturning the Ripper story we've been told up until now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Aleister Crowley

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 50:34

Crowley was a truly prolific and deliberately transgressive occultist whose practices included sex and drug use, and he went on to influence modern Satanism, as well as some other new religious movements. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 36:12

This 2016 episode tells the story of a small theater in Paris which was open from 1897 to 1962, and became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Tod Browning

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 12:11

Holly and Tracy discuss the career of Tod Browning and how difficult it is to know the true nature of certain aspects of the filmmaker's life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Tod Browning, Part 2

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 44:23

Tod Browning's contributions to the horror film genre are massive. And the films that are most responsible for that reputation are covered in this episode, among other projects and the latter portion of Browning's life.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Tod Browning, Part 1

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 44:14

Browning's story is both fascinating and difficult; he was a golden boy of Hollywood for a time, but also plagued with personal problems. He has a cult following today, and was legitimately groundbreaking, but he was also problematic.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: William Hogarth

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 39:50

This 2017 episode covers an early 18th century engraver-turned-artist who made his mark on the art world by producing satirical prints in series that commented on morality and society. And some of his work is used today as a teaching tool. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Colchester and Gin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 21:30

Holly and Tracy discuss the Lincoln's relationship with the spiritual, and whether they can themselves juggle. Tracy shares a fun story of collectible genever bottles and there's discussion of favorite gin drinks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

A Distilled History of Gin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 52:29

Like many spirits, gin was originally meant for medicinal or alchemical use. But eventually, people started combining juniper with alcohol to make a beverage rather than a medicine. And that's the just the start of gin's history, which gets rather dark at times. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Rise and Fall of Charles Colchester

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 43:58

Colchester claimed to be psychic and probably did warn President Abraham Lincoln that he was going to be assassinated. He became an icon for Spiritualism in the U.S. in the 19th century, only to be rejected by that same movement.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Who was the real Sherlock Holmes?

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 32:16


This 2010 episode from past hosts Sarah and Deblina covers Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant protagonist Sherlock Holmes, who became world-famous. But was Sherlock Holmes based on a real person? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


Behind the Scenes Minis: Apples and Grace

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 23:49

Holly and Tracy talk about the apples from the childhoods, fruit-based desserts, and a cocktail that Holly stumbled across while researching nachos. Grace Humiston's tricky name is mentioned, as well as the more frustrating aspects of her story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Grace Quackenbos Humiston, aka Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 51:35

Grace was an attorney and an investigator who did a lot of work to exonerate people who were wrongly convicted, expose corruption, and, in one particularly dramatic case, solve a murder that police had written off as the victim having run away. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Three Eponymous Foods

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 40:26

Lots of foods are named after people, but sometimes the stories of those names are hard to pin down. This episode looks at where Granny Smith apples, nachos, and the Cobb salads get their names. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

SYMHC Classics: Emma Lazarus

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 36:50

This 2018 episode covers one of the United States' first successful Jewish American writers, moving in the New York literary scene of the late 1800s. She also wrote one of the most famous poems of all time, and even if you don't know her name, odds are you know at least some of that work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Behind the Scenes Minis: Laënnec and Eunice

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 18:20

Holly and Tracy talk about the aspects of the stethoscope story that didn't make it into the episode, including the classism related to cleanliness standards that often comes up in writeups about it. Tracy discusses the difficulty in getting a sense of Eunice Newton Foote's personality based on the available documentation of her life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Eunice Newton Foote

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 48:28

In 1856, Foote became the first person to make a connection between the Earth's temperature and the concentration of carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere, though she's rarely credited for it.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Invention of the Stethoscope

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 43:14

One of the most basic tools of the medical profession is the stethoscope, but it's a more recent invention than you might suspect. Its invention is credited to French doctor René Laënnec. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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