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

Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross  

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

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study  

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the modern world's most infamous incidents of unethical medical research.

Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy  

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.

A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.  

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.

Three Nuclear Close Calls  

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.

Prospect Park, Part 2  

In our second episode about Brooklyn's 150-year-old public park, we interview three guests about the park's history and restoration.

Prospect Park, Part 1  

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.

Live From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft  

Writer H.P. Lovecraft created worlds and stories that continue to be influential more than 80 years after his death.

Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy  

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.

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.

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