Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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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


Mongolian Princess Khutulun  

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.

Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him  

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 debate about it among his colleagues.

The New London School Explosion  

This was one of the worst disasters in Texas history, the worst school disaster in U.S. history.

The King's Evil and the Royal Touch  

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.

Speaking With Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein  

Holly interviews Auschwitz survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat about their book 'Survivors Club.'

Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen  

For a very short time between Edward VI and Mary I, Lady Jane was, at least nominally, Queen of England and Ireland.

John Kidwell and the Founding of Hawaii’s Pineapple Industry  

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.

Interview: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  

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.'

Jamaica's Maroon Wars  

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 communities clashed with British colonial government.

Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple  

Rabbi Jacob Rothschild was a vocal activist who spoke out for civil rights despite the danger in doing so.

Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 2  

After Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, people were incarcerated in inadequate and dehumanizing camps.

Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1  

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.

The Women's March on Versailles  

In 1789, a group of protesters -- mostly women -- marched from Paris to Versailles to pressure King Louis XVI to address France's food shortage.

Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean  

He was one of the first Americans to achieve fame as a Shakespearean actor, and the first black man to do so.

Lucille Ball  

Lucille Ball was known for comedy, but worked in modeling, radio and film, as well as television.

Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement  

Ed Roberts was a disability rights activist, known as the father of the Independent Living movement.

Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal  

When Prince Pedro of Portugal was married off in the 1300s, he only had eyes for his new wife's lady in waiting.

African Art History With Carol Thompson  

Holly is joined in the studio by Carol Thompson, the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art.

Great Zimbabwe  

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

Maria Montessori  

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

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