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Stuff You Missed in History Class
- 2841 - SYMHC Classics: Year Without a Summer
The 2015 episode covers a volcano eruption in Sumbawa, Indonesia in 1816, that combined with several other factors to create an unusual -- and catastrophic -- series of weather events.
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- 2840 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Theater and Thrill Rides
Holly and Tracy dig into the role of Augustin Daly's brother in his life, including a legal battle over Augustin's will. Then they talk about roller coaster experiences and the idea of fear as entertainment.
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- 2839 - Roller Coasters
The French word for “roller coaster” is “montagnes russes” or “Russian mountains.” Since the origin of roller coasters, inventors have been improving the early designs that came from Russia to create astonishing amusement park thrill rides.Wed, 22 Mar 2023
- 2838 - Augustin Daly
Augustin Daly is often described as a foundational figure of the U.S. theater. He wrote, adapted, and produced dozens of plays in the 19th century, and he created a theater company that produced many stars of the New York stage.Mon, 20 Mar 2023
- 2837 - SYMHC Classics: U.S.S. Akron
This 2017 episode covers the loss of the U.S.S. Akron -- the biggest single tragedy in aviation history at the time that it happened. But unless you're an aviation or U.S. Navy history buff, you may not know much about this airborne aircraft carrier.
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- 2836 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Murder and Vivisection
Holly and Tracy talk about some of the odd details in the Alma Petty Gatlin trial and difficulty finding the right language to discuss alcohol misuse. Then discussion turns to vivisection and the hosts' experiences with dissection in school.
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- 2835 - The Brown Dog Affair
The Brown Dog Affair was a series of demonstrations and riots surrounding a statue that had been erected in the Battersea area of London, commemorating dogs who had been killed due to vivisection.Wed, 15 Mar 2023
- 2834 - Alma Petty Gatlin’s Trial
In 1928 a young woman from North Carolina named Alma Petty Gatlin who went on trial for the murder of her father. A preacher Alma had confessed to informed authorities, setting off a sensational case that examined confessional privilege.Mon, 13 Mar 2023
- 2833 - SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid
This 2016 episode discusses the Doolittle Raid, an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the mission was a legend long before his daring efforts in WWII.Sat, 11 Mar 2023
- 2832 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Balloons and the Mixed Bag
Tracy shares how the recent wave of spy balloon news inspired this week's episode, and the hosts talk about the technology of war balloons. They also talk about G.K. Chesterton, his anti-eugenics writing, and his anti-Semitism.
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- 2831 - G. K. Chesterton’s Fight Against Eugenics
G.K. Chesterton was a prolific writer across many genres, including fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism, biography, social criticism, theology, and Christian apologetics. He was also a vocal critic of eugenics.Wed, 08 Mar 2023
- 2830 - Balloons of World War II
We’ve gotten requests to talk about the balloon bombs that Japan used to target North America during World War II. But these were not the only balloons in use during the war, or the first balloons used for military purposes.Mon, 06 Mar 2023
- 2829 - SYMHC Classics: The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists
In 2017, the show covered the fears, prejudices and societal issues that drove the eugenics movement in the U.S., which focused on identifying, sequestering and even sterilizing people who were deemed to be "unfit."
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- 2828 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Ellen and Eliza
Tracy and Holly talk about the way that the eugenics movement pops up almost any time there's research into late 19th and early 20th century figures. They also discuss the nature of chicken and dumplings in their experience.
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- 2827 - The Case of Eliza Fenning
Eliza Fenning who worked as a cook in a London household until she found herself in the middle of a poisoning accusation. Her controversial trial brought the bias of the 19th-century British criminal justice system into focus.Wed, 01 Mar 2023
- 2826 - Ellen Swallow Richards
Ellen Swallow Richards was a big part of the establishment of home economics as a field. But well before that, she broke a lot of ground and was often way ahead of her time.Mon, 27 Feb 2023
- 2825 - SYMHC Classics: Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
In 2016, Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. joined Tracy to discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which gave rebelling states 100 days to return to the Union or have their enslaved population freed during the U.S. Civil War.
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- 2824 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Susie and Rip
Tracy and Holly talk about the ways enslaved people found to push back against their enslavement. They then examine the animal welfare aspect of Old Rip’s story.
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- 2823 - Old Rip, Famous Texas Horned Lizard
Old Rip was a reptile with quite a legend. Some people believed that he survived a 31-year entombment in a courthouse cornerstone, and he became celebrity, even gaining an audience with President Calvin Coolidge. But was it all a hoax?Wed, 22 Feb 2023
- 2822 - Susie King Taylor, Civil War Teacher and Nurse
As a child, Susie King Taylor forged passes so her grandmother could go places in Savanna she otherwise couldn’t. As an adult, she penned the only Civil War memoir known to have been written by a Black woman who was actively involved in the military.Mon, 20 Feb 2023
- 2821 - Introducing: The Last Soviet
Hey, Stuff You Missed In History Class listeners! The newest hit docuseries of another star-studded podcast, The Last Soviet is live. Go check out the beginning of this thrilling journey with Lance Bass, NSync Superstar, and Russian-trained astronaut!”
About The Last Soviet: Lance Bass, NSync Superstar, and Russian-trained astronaut takes you on a wild ride into space. He tells the story of the last Soviet cosmonaut who is trapped on the world’s only space station, as the country he knows and loves collapses beneath him. On this journey through Earth’s atmosphere in the form of a podcast, Lance introduces you to the woman who won a reality show cosmonaut contest, a ham radio operator in Australia who became a lifeline for the Soviet Space Station, a hustler from Chicago who tried to sell coca-cola to the Russians and the editor of Playboy who took part in a revolution.
It’s one man’s dream to go to space, his dedication to the country he thought he knew and 313 days spent orbiting the Earth. 313 days that changed our world.
Plus, Lance’s own dream to go to space and the lengths he went to make it a reality.
Listen toThe Last Sovieton the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!
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- 2820 - SYMHC Classics: U.S. Contraband Camps
This 2016 episode covers when three escapees from enslavement showed up at a Union position during the U.S. Civil War. The decision of how to handle the situation fell to Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, and his actions led to a situation for which the government was simply not prepared.
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- 2819 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Untangling the Snow Riot
Holly and Tracy talk about the many moving parts of the Snow Riot story. They also discuss some details not crucial to the story, including who Arthur Bowen's father might have been.
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- 2818 - The Snow Riot and Its Aftermath, Part 2
Once the immediate threat of the Snow Riot was quelled, Beverly Snow had to figure out his next steps. Arthur Bowen, Reuben Crandall, and several rioters went to trial, with mixed results.Wed, 15 Feb 2023
- 2817 - The Snow Riot and Its Aftermath, Part 1
As arguments about the institution of slavery were beginning to boil over in the U.S. capital in 1835, a series of events played out that led to destructive violence. Part one covers the overlapping catalysts and the earliest parts of the riot.Mon, 13 Feb 2023
- 2816 - SYMHC Classics: The Eruption at Heimaey
This 2016 episode covers the aftermath of after a series of earthquakes on the eastern side of the Icelandic island of Heimaey in 1973. As the eruption developed over time, it became more dangerous, and a variety of measures were undertaken to stop the flow of lava.Sat, 11 Feb 2023
- 2815 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Chocolate and Rabbits
Holly and Tracy talk about Tootsie Rolls used in the military, and Holly's German chocolate cake obsession. They also discuss their relationships with the book "The Velveteen Rabbit" and their childhood fears.Fri, 10 Feb 2023
- 2814 - Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics, but in the middle of the 19th century, it was the leading cause of death in children in some parts of the world. Today, there are several ongoing mysteries about the disease.Wed, 08 Feb 2023
- 2813 - Eponymous Foods: All Chocolate
Both of these eponymous foods feature chocolate, but they also both feature some issues with timelines and attribution that need to be unraveled.Mon, 06 Feb 2023
- 2812 - SYMHC Classics: Constance Markievicz
This 2018 episode covers Constance Markievicz, who came from a wealthy Protestant family before making a somewhat surprising transition to become a leader in the Irish Nationalist movement.Sat, 04 Feb 2023
- 2811 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Colette, a Mixed Bag
Tracy tells Holly about Henry de Jouvenel's dislike of Colette's book "Chéri." They also discuss the question marks regarding Maurice and how he felt about various things in the life he and Colette shared.
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- 2810 - Colette, Part 2
Part two of Colette's story picks up during her marriage to Henri de Jouvenel through the end of her life. Despite her life's many scandals, by the time she died Colette was regarded as a national icon in France.Wed, 01 Feb 2023
- 2809 - Colette, Part 1
Love, passion, desire and pleasure are running themes in Colette's writing and her life. And that life was seen as really scandalous and even notorious, especially in her younger years.Mon, 30 Jan 2023
- 2807 - SYMHC Classics: The Montgolfier Brothers
This 2016 episode covers two inventive brothers who came up with an idea to set humans aloft. The Montgolfiers were among many inventors working toward flight in the 18th century, but they often get all the attention.
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- 2806 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Macs and Fletcher
Holly and Tracy talk about Thomas Hancock, and their own experiences with raincoats. Then they discuss the food fad of Fletcherism, and the personality of Fletcher himself.
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- 2805 - Horace Fletcher, the Great Masticator
Horace Fletcher is best known for starting a food fad in that came to be known as Fletcherism. This early 20th century fad involved, in part, chewing your food A LOT.Wed, 25 Jan 2023
- 2804 - The Invention of the Raincoat
Humans have worked on ways to make garments water resistant almost since they started to wear them. But figuring out how to manufacture a raincoat using rubber was a big breakthrough that took centuries.Mon, 23 Jan 2023
- 2803 - SYMHC Classics: Walter Reed
This 2014 episode covers Reed’s truly groundbreaking work into the causes and prevention of yellow fever, building on a foundation of other doctors and researchers. His work impacted public health and the American military's ability to work in tropical locations.
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- 2802 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Wrapping 2022’s Unearthed!
Tracy and Holly talk about the news that broke just after the start of 2023, and also how Tracy might consider eating roasted watermelon seeds. They also discuss collectors of old denim.
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- 2801 - Unearthed! Year-end 2022, Part 2
Part two of our Unearthed! wrap up of 2022 covers a potpourri of stuff that didn’t go together, books and letters, edibles and potables, and apparel, including more than one pair of blue jeans.Wed, 18 Jan 2023
- 2800 - Unearthed! Year-end 2022, Part 1
It's time to cover things and stories that were unearthed in the last quarter of 2022. Part one covers a whole bunch of updates, a whole bunch of shipwrecks, and a whole bunch of repatriations.Mon, 16 Jan 2023
- 2799 - SYMHC Classics: The Darien Disaster
This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers an attempt to start a Scottish colony in Panama in the late 1600s. But the expedition faced disease, death and poor trade, taking down the settlers -- and, ultimately, Scotland.
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- 2798 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Bicycles and Miracles
Tracy and Holly discuss the difficulty of remembering what topics have and haven’t been covered on the show. They also talk about group dynamics during arduous travel, and the miracle of the Hume and Hovell team’s survival.
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- 2797 - The Hume and Hovell Expedition of 1824
The Hume and Hovell Expedition of 1824 established some of the earliest knowledge that European colonists had about the interior of the Australian continent. It was also a journey filled with peril, frayed nerves, and bickering.Wed, 11 Jan 2023
- 2796 - Kittie Knox and the Bike Boom
Kittie Knox was a cyclist during the bicycle boom of the late 19th century. She was biracial and became known not just for participating in a predominantly white sport, but also for the clothes she wore to do it.Mon, 09 Jan 2023
- 2795 - SYMHC Classics: The Story of 'Happy Birthday to You'
This 2013 episode covers Mildred and Patty Hill's song "Good Morning to All," published in 1893. After the tune was paired with the birthday lyrics, its popularity soared and sparked a tremendous copyright battle.
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- 2794 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Unmentioned Pulitzer
Holly and Tracy cover some of the details that were cut from the Pulitzer two-parter, including more information about his brother, artist George Luks, and a story of the Pulitzer family's home burning down.
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- 2793 - Pulitzer versus the U.S. Government (Part 2)
In Pulitzer’s later years, he became embroiled in a heated legal battle with the U.S. government after his papers printed allegations that Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were connected to shady dealings regarding the Panama Canal.Wed, 04 Jan 2023
- 2792 - Joseph Pulitzer and the Rise of Yellow Journalism (Part 1)
Joseph Pulitzer is one of those pivotal figures in history, and his influence continues right on through today. Part one of this two-parter covers his early life, right up through his rivalry with William Randolph Hearst.Mon, 02 Jan 2023
- 2791 - SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Vodka
This 2019 episode covers the story of vodka, which is closely tied to cultural identity for several countries. Where did it originate, and how did it evolve over time? We'll talk a bit about how vodka is made, where it came from, and how it's expanded to a global market.
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- 2790 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Irving's World
Tracy and Holly talk about the movie "White Christmas" and how it has aged. They also discuss collectible sheet music and the idea of there being no definitive version of a song recording.
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- 2789 - Irving Berlin, Part 2
This second part of the story of Irving Berlin’s life picks up after WWI, and covers his family life, his rise to fame, and the controversies that were part of his career.Wed, 28 Dec 2022
- 2788 - Irving Berlin, Part 1
The immeasurably famous Irving Berlin seems like the perfect example of a U.S. immigrant success story. But reality is complicated and imperfect, and so was Berlin’s music-filled life.Mon, 26 Dec 2022
- 2787 - SYMHC Classics: Who was Good King Wenceslas?
This 2012 episode from prior hosts covers King Wenceslas. He's known from a Christmas carol, but was a 10th-century Bohemian prince, known for his kindness to children and promotion of Christianity. But he was murdered at only 22.Sat, 24 Dec 2022
- 2786 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Calendars and Kitchen Gadgets
Holly and Tracy discuss the disruptive French Republican calendar, banana dishes, the Universal Chopper, and other kitchen implements.
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- 2785 - Eponymous Foods: Fourth Course
This eponymous foods episode only has two foods in it – and they couldn’t be more different! One is a flaming dessert, and one is a meat patty.Wed, 21 Dec 2022
- 2784 - French Republican Calendar
The new year approaches. But what if you had to learn a completely new calendar for the coming year? For about a dozen years starting in the late 19th century, France abandoned the Gregorian calendar for an entirely different one.Mon, 19 Dec 2022
- 2782 - SYMHC Classics: Five First Flights
This 2017 episode covers the Wright Brothers, yes, but also other contenders to the title of "first in flight," and each has their own compelling story and list of achievements.
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- 2781 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Impossibles and Astors
Tracy and Holly talk about the artwork of Zinaida Serebriakova and the personal style of Ella Williams. They then discuss the ruthless business practices of John Jacob Astor and his son William.Fri, 16 Dec 2022
- 2780 - John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor came to the U.S. from Germany not long after the colonies gained their independence as a nation. He made his first fortune in the fur trade, and then diversified his income and built a legendary fortune.Wed, 14 Dec 2022
- 2779 - Six Impossible Episodes: More Listener Requests
Today’s six impossible episode subjects are all by listener request! Topics include the Iron Mountain baby, Leslie’s Retreat, Lady Hao, Ella Williams, and more. And these are examples of how short tales can sometimes have intense details.Mon, 12 Dec 2022
- 2778 - SYMHC Classics: History's Unforgettable Fires
In this 2011 episode, previous hosts Sarah and Deblina recount some of history's most famous fires, Including the Peshtigo Fire, the Great Fire of London, the Great Fire of Meireki, and the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.
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- 2777 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Food Saftey and Kitties
Tracy and Holly discuss food safety in their own lives, and particularly their comfort levels with various risks. They also discuss the different pronunciations of the name Louis, and Wain's progression as an artist.
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- 2776 - Louis Wain’s Cat Pictures
Louis Wain’s cat-centric art was extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and some of his later work became an inspiration for the psychedelic movement of the 1960s.Wed, 07 Dec 2022
- 2775 - The Astronaut Origins of Food Safety
The development of a systematic approach to food safety didn’t happen until the 20th century. And its tied directly to NASA trying to make sure astronauts didn’t get food poisoning in space.Mon, 05 Dec 2022
- 2774 - SYMHC Classics: Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement
This early 2017 episode covers Ed Roberts, a disability rights activist known as the father of the Independent Living movement.
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- 2773 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Blood Banks and Lady C
Tracy and Holly talk about Charles Drew’s marriage and the impact of the early HIV/AIDS crisis on blood donation. They also discuss all the aspects of the Chatterley story that didn’t make it into the episode.
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- 2772 - Lady Chatterley’s Obscenity Trial
Thirty years after D.H. Lawrence died, his book "Lady Chatterley's Lover," which had been banned for decades in many countries, was central to a trial in Great Britain over whether the novel was obscenity or whether it had literary merit.Wed, 30 Nov 2022
- 2771 - Charles Drew & Blood Banks
Dr. Charles Drew was once described as “one of the most constructively active figures in the medical profession.” His work as a key figure in the development of blood banking continues to impact lives today, long after his tragic death.Mon, 28 Nov 2022
- 2770 - SYMHC Classics: P.T. Barnum's Biggest Stars
This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers some of the performers he worked with, including General Tom Thumb. Swedish singer Jenny Lind, and his biggest act, Jumbo the Elephant.
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- 2769 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Robert-Houdin's Legacy
Holly and Tracy talk about why Robert-Houdin has been lauded as the father of modern magic. They also discuss dangerous aspects of his work, and the lack of nuance in stories about his Algerian performances.
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- 2768 - Robert-Houdin, The Father of Modern Magic, Part 2
After the 1844 Paris expo, Robert-Houdin turned his efforts to creating his own stage show. He created automata tricks that still delight today, and quickly became a very famous magician.Wed, 23 Nov 2022
- 2767 - Robert-Houdin, The Father of Modern Magic, Part 1
Robert-Houdin was the magician that Houdini named himself after, his story is hard to pin down, because even his own memoir is written to be entertaining, not accurate. Part one covers his early life, marriages, and beginnings in magic.Mon, 21 Nov 2022
- 2766 - SYMHC Classics: P.T. Barnum
This 2012 episode from prior hosts Sarah and Deblina covers P.T. Barnum the circus man, museum entrepreneur, and freak show runner. Barnum attracted people to his American Museum through shrewd advertising, and he wasn't afraid of a hoax.
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- 2765 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Mancinis and Tragedy
Tracy and Holly talk about how the Mancini sisters episode shifted focus as Tracy was researching it, and divorce not being an option in France during their lifetimes. They also talk about the inconsistent details of accounts of the Cocoanut Grove fire.
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- 2764 - The Cocoanut Grove Fire
The tragedy at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove in 1942 is still the deadliest nightclub fire in history. The cause of the fire is still unknown; in its wake, advancements were made in fire safety and medical treatments for burn victims.Wed, 16 Nov 2022
- 2763 - Hortense and Marie Mancini
Hortense and Marie Mancini tried to make a place for themselves in 17th-century Europe, defying all kinds of conventions along the way. Their lives were full of adventure and daring, but they were also both stuck in abusive marriages.Mon, 14 Nov 2022
- 2762 - SYMHC Classics: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
This 2019 episode covers a woman who was the Spanish empire's most widely published poet of her time. Her work has survived until today, but not her own thoughts about much of her life.
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- 2761 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Worms, Hikes and Tekahionwake
Tracy and Holly talk about animated shows, camping, and the items that didn't make it into the most recent Unearthed! episode. They then discuss the legacy of Pauline Johnson, and criticisms of her work that perceive it as inauthentic.
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- 2760 - E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake
Emily Pauline Johnson, also known as Tekahionwake, made a career writing poetry and prose and performing it onstage in the late 19th and early 20th centuriesWed, 09 Nov 2022
- 2759 - Unearthed! Autumn 2022, Part 2
The second part of our autumn list of things that were unearthed in the recent past includes potpourri, repatriations, shipwrecks, medical finds, Viking items, and books and letters.Mon, 07 Nov 2022
- 2758 - SYMHC Classics: Gunpowder Plot
This 2011 episode covers the discriminatory laws English Catholics faced under Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, which led a group of Catholics to attempt regicide. But the plot was discovered days before the event.
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- 2757 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Mansions and Coin Hoards
Holly and Tracy talk about the multiple homes called the Redpath Mansion and how that confuses the story in press sometimes. They also discuss the ebb and flow of the kinds of research projects that show up in Unearthed! episodes.
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- 2756 - Unearthed! Autumn 2022, Part 1
Fall is here and so is the latest two-part edition of Unearthed! Part one includes updates, oldest things, books and letters, and a late entry into our Halloween stuff.Wed, 02 Nov 2022
- 2754 - Redpath Murders
On June 13, 1901, Ada Maria Redpath, and her son Jocelyn Clifford were found shot to death in their home. What exactly happened between the two of them is something we will likely never understand.Mon, 31 Oct 2022
- 2753 - SYMHC Classics: History Mystery Double Feature
This 2015 episode features two troubling tales from the 1920s. First, newlyweds that vanished on what would have been a historic boating trip. Second, a family murdered by someone who may have been hiding in their house for weeks or months.
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- 2752 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Ouija, Ouija!
Holly and Tracy talk about the many products that have been made with licensed (and sometimes unlicensed) Ouija board imagery. They also discuss the scientific experiments covered in Wednesday's episode in greater detail.
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- 2751 - Spirit Boards and the Rise of the Ouija, Part 2
In addition to being the focus of corporate machinations, the Ouija board has also been invoked in many legal cases and has been featured in pop culture throughout the 20th century. But how does it work, psychologically speaking?Wed, 26 Oct 2022
- 2750 - Spirit Boards and the Rise of the Ouija, Part 1
The rise of the Ouija board in North America involves corporate intrigue, family betrayal, a lot of litigation, and very little spiritualism. Today’s episode covers how “talking boards” went from divination tool to big business.Mon, 24 Oct 2022
- 2749 - SYMHC Classics: Disappearance of Joseph Force Crater
This 2014 episode covers the 1930 vanishing of Joseph Force Crater. His missing person cases has fueled decades of speculation about what exactly happened to the New York State Supreme Court justice.Sat, 22 Oct 2022
- 2748 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Rose and Mamie
Holly and Tracy talk about the prediction of Houdini's death, and Rose Mackenberg's abundant bravado. They also discuss the long road the movie 'Till" took to get to the screen, and the film's careful handling of Mamie and Emmett's story.
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- 2747 - Interview: The Makers of 'Till'
The movie "Till" tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley and her son Emmett. Actor Jalyn Hall and director Chinonye Chukwu talked with the podcast about the research and planning that went into bringing this important historical event to life.Wed, 19 Oct 2022
- 2746 - ‘The Rev’ Rose Mackenberg
Rose Mackenberg spent decades working to uncover fraud taking place in the name of Spiritualism, first working for Houdini, and then on her own. In her work, she said she received messages from 1,000 dead husbands that never existed.Mon, 17 Oct 2022
- 2745 - SYMHC Classics: Harry Houdini, Master Mystifier
This 2009 episode from previous hosts Katie and Sarah covers Harry Houdini, once known as the world's greatest magician. Houdini's reputation still resonates with modern fans of illusion and magic.
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- 2744 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Psychics and Serpents
Tracy and Holly discuss WWII submarine warfare as it related to Helen Duncan’s story. Tracy also shares her experience visiting the Mütter Museum when it was hosting an exhibit titled “Imperfecta.”
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- 2743 - Edward May's Strange Monster
In 1639, doctor Edward May published a 40-page text about a serpent he found in the heart of a 21-year-old man during a post-mortem examination. We don’t know exactly what it was, but there are plenty of theories.Wed, 12 Oct 2022
- 2742 - Helen Duncan, (Not) Scotland’s Last Witch
Helen Duncan is sometimes described as Scotland’s last witch, or the last person imprisoned for witchcraft in Britain, or the last person to be tried under the UK’s 1735 Witchcraft Act. None of those are quite accurate.Mon, 10 Oct 2022
- 2741 - SYMHC Classics: Matthew Hopkins
This 2019 episode covers England’s largest and deadliest set of witch trials. They were largely influenced by one man, Matthew Hopkins, who was known as the Witchfinder General.
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- 2740 - Behind the Scenes Minis: Robeson and Schrepfer
Tracy and Holly talk about how racism stripped Paul Robeson of his career, and Robeson’s support of the communist Soviet Union. They also discuss whether Schrepfer may have accidentally poisoned himself.
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- 2739 - The Necromancy of Joann Georg Schrepfer
Johann George Schrepfer’s life story is clouded by his embellished and falsified tales of his necromancy and spiritualism. And both his followers and detractors also gave biased and incorrect accounts of their interactions with him.Wed, 05 Oct 2022
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