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September 7, 2020
The story of the ridiculously wealthy Croesus, which was fictionalized in a number of ways, becomes a cautionary tale ab..
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September 5, 2020
This 2018 episode is running in honor of Labor Day in the U.S. Memphis sanitation workers stayed off the job starting Ja..
This 2018 episode is running i..
September 4, 2020
Tracy and Holly discuss trying to stay organized, the relevance of the Delano grape strike today, and how Joshua Slocum'..
Tracy and Holly discuss trying..
September 2, 2020
Joshua Slocum was the first person known to sail around the world alone. Unlike lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis, he didn’t a..
Joshua Slocum was the first pe..
August 31, 2020
The Delano Grape Strike, which led to an international boycott of table grapes as grape workers in California tried to g..
The Delano Grape Strike, which..
August 30, 2020
Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten..
Humans have always committed c..
August 29, 2020
This 2018 episode covers Elbridge Gerry, who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederati..
This 2018 episode covers Elbri..
August 28, 2020
Holly and Tracy talk about how this week's topic shifted from its original plan. They also discuss how slavery in the U...
Holly and Tracy talk about how..
August 26, 2020
On the second part of the discussion of White House history, Holly and Tracy first cover the gardens and landscaping, an..
On the second part of the disc..
August 24, 2020
Today’s White House has 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. But that hasn’t always been the case. It also was not always called ..
Today’s White House has 132 ro..
August 22, 2020
This 2016 episode covers a time in the the 20th century when the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and e..
This 2016 episode covers a tim..
August 21, 2020
Tracy and Holly talk about their personal thoughts on Symmes's hollow Earth theory, and then talk about their experience..
Tracy and Holly talk about the..
August 20, 2020
American Shadows is a bi-weekly podcast from iHeartRadio and Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild. The show focuses on the darker ..
American Shadows is a bi-weekl..
August 19, 2020
Canning dramatically changed how people around the world have dealt with food. Early canning efforts were kind of stabs ..
Canning dramatically changed h..
August 17, 2020
In 1818, something about the rings of Saturn - we don't know what, exactly - led John Cleves Symmes to conclude that th..
In 1818, something about the r..
August 15, 2020
This 2013 episode covers Johann Beringer, the University of Wurzburg's chair of natural history and chief physician to t..
This 2013 episode covers Johan..
August 14, 2020
Tracy and Holly talk about the use and misuse of tear gas, and then a theory that links L. Frank Baum's work "The Wonder..
August 12, 2020
Jacob Sechler Coxey led the first protest march on Washington, D.C. in the 1890s, with a plan to create jobs for the nat..
Jacob Sechler Coxey led the fi..
August 10, 2020
Tear gasses, or lachrymator agents, are named for the lachrymal glands, which secrete tears. But tears are just one part..
Tear gasses, or lachrymator ag..
August 8, 2020
This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina examines Fritz Haber's mixed legacy. The Nobel-Prize-winning Fat..
This 2011 episode from previou..
August 7, 2020
Holly and Tracy discuss the complexities of Isabella Bird's story, as well as the similarities between the pneumonic pla..
Holly and Tracy discuss the co..
August 5, 2020
Wu Lien-Teh was a doctor who’s most well known for his public health work and the pneumonic plague epidemic in the early..
Wu Lien-Teh was a doctor who’s..
August 3, 2020
Bird is celebrated as a world traveler, though she didn’t really come into her own as a traveler until she was in her 40..
Bird is celebrated as a world ..
August 1, 2020
The second episode in our revisit of the Irish Famine covers the mid-1800s, when the poorest people in Ireland ate almos..
The second episode in our revi..
July 31, 2020
Holly and Tracy discuss the week's topics, including their own experiences with Central Park, and a segment of the summe..
Holly and Tracy discuss the we..