Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

United States

Who was Hypatia of Alexandria? What was the Flannan Isles disappearance? Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

The Palmer Raids, Part 2  

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

The Palmer Raids, Part 1  

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

Alabama Governor George Wallace  

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

Rejected Princesses with Jason Porath  

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

The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre  

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

James Webb and NASA’s Early Days  

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.

The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)  

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

Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)  

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

The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable  

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

Six Impossible Episodes: Déjà Vu Edition  

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

The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents  

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 eventually a song in a hit Broadway musical.

The Hagley Woods Murder  

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

A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships  

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

Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price  

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.

Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake'  

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

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol  

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

The Orphan Tsunami  

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.

Vardø Witch Trials  

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

The Bell Witch  

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

The Cod Wars  

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

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