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 HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

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.

A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine  

Animals and humans have been living together for centuries, but standardized veterinary care developed over a long period of time.

The Cuyahoga River's Last Fires  

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire, not for the first time, but for the last time.

The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren  

The extinction of the wren is often attributed to a single cat, but there's more to the story.

William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Woman  

Most people know Wonder Woman as an embodiment of truth and justice, but don't know much about the comic's earlier years or its creator.

Louis Riel  

Riel was labeled both a traitor and a hero in his time. His leadership in the Red River Rebellion led to the establishment of Manitoba.

Annette Kellerman  

Australian Kellerman gets a lot of the credit for developing the women's one-piece bathing suit, but she was also a competitive swimmer and film star.

Maria Sibylla Merian  

As a naturalist illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian helped dispel many entomological myths and improved the scientific study of insects and plants.

The Ladies of Llangollen  

In the late 18th century, Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, abandoned their life in Irish society and made a home for themselves in Wales.

The Scopes Trial  

The Scopes Trial played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.

Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives  

Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler eliminated all of his political enemies, enabling him to declare himself Fuhrer.

Copernicus  

In addition to being an astronomer, Copernicus was also a mathematician, a doctor, and wrote a manuscript on devaluation of currency.

Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies  

This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests.

Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax  

In his most brazen prank, Cole schemed to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty.

The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing  

After a protracted, contentious relationship with Philadelphia police, the MOVE organization's home was bombed in 1985.

The Kentucky Derby's First 50 Years  

Since its inception, the Derby has become the nation's most famous and prestigious horse racing event.

The Cato Street Conspiracy  

In response to the problems urbanization and mechanization brought to Great Britain, a radical group plotted to kill the Prime Minister's cabinet.

Abbott and Costello, Part 2  

Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy and problems.

Abbott and Costello, Part 1  

The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Part 1 covers their rise to fame.

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.

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