Because history shouldn't be silent.Footnote is a look at all people, places and events that never quite made it into history class.
Because history shouldn't be silent.Footnote is a look at all people, places and events that never quite made it into history class.
A weekly look at those interesting bits of history that have gotten lost in the cushions.
Rank #1: 004 - Cortes and the Fall of the Aztecs.
The story of how Cortes did - and didn't - conquer Mexico.
Rank #2: 005 - The Norse Settlement on Newfoundland.
How some vikings beat Columbus to the New World by five centuries.
The podcasting of a life, by Matt Smith. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” - Charles Dickens.
Rank #1: Catherine the Great 1: Rise of a German Princess.
Catherine the Great is one of Russia's most respected rulers, seen as raising Russia's reputation and building a powerful, cultured empire to rival Europe. It's almost hard to imagine that she was a little-known German princess, put into place by an elaborate power play. Guest: Associate Professor Adrian Jones (History, La Trobe University)
Rank #2: Charles Darwin 1: Before Darwin.
Charles Darwin is such a large figure in the world of science that sometimes we forget how different our understanding of life was before he put forward his theories of evolution and natural selection. So how did Darwin grow up, and what did society think during that time? Guest: Dr Alexis Harley (English, La Trobe University).
From the automobile to the rocket ship, from chewing gum to the TV dinner, from the first face in a photograph to the first voice on the telephone, the world has been forever changed by impossible technologies and startling ideas. But these inventions do not always make the world a better place. These are the stories of The First, a podcast exploring the history of human innovation, focusing less on iconic inventors and more on the forgotten geniuses and everyday people that were responsible for bringing us the tools of the modern world. Brought to you by Greg Young of the Bowery Boys podcast.
Rank #1: Miss Draper: The First Woman Ever Photographed.
Dorothy Catherine Draper is a truly forgotten figure in American history. She was the first woman to ever sit for a photograph -- a daguerrotype, actually, in the year 1840, upon the rooftop of the school which would become New York University.. The circumstances that got her to this position were rather unique. She was the older sister of a professor named John William Draper, and she assisted him in his success and fame even when it seemed a detriment to her. The Drapers worked alongside Samuel Morse in the period following his invention of the telegraph. The legendary portrait was taken when Miss Draper was a young woman but a renewed interest in the image in the 1890s brought the now elderly matron a bit of late-in-life recognition. FEATURING Tales from the earliest days of photography and walk through Green-Wood Cemetery! www.thefirstpodcast.com
Rank #2: Every Day Is Thanksgiving: The History of the TV Dinner.
American eating habits were transformed in the early 20th century with innovations in freezing and refrigeration, allowing all kinds of foods to be shipped across the country and stored for long periods of time. But it would actually be the television set that would inspire one of the strangest creations in culinary history -- the TV dinner. Inspired by airplane meals, the TV dinner originally contained the fixings of a Thanksgiving meal, thanks in part to a massive number of overstocked frozen turkeys. The key to its success was its revolutionary heating process, allowing for all items on the tray to heat evenly. And the person responsible for this technique was a 22-year-old woman from Omaha, Nebraska named Betty Cronin, a woman later called 'the mother of the TV dinner.' www.thefirstpodcast.com
History is full amazing stories. Join hosts Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, and Sarah Ashley as they explore the most inspirational, terrifying and hilarious events in history. Everything from the creation of the universe to the invention of Cheese in a Can and everything in between. Learn something new weekly by subscribing to the Nerd’s on History podcast.
Rank #1: Indy’s Not a Superhero?.
Stories of heroes have inspired mankind for thousands of years. In this episode, we explore the impact of heroes, from Hercules to Batman on humanity. Download, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Nerdonomy! WARNING: This episode contains adult language and sexual references. The post Indy’s Not a Superhero? appeared first on Nerdonomy.
Rank #2: The Thing About Napoleon – Part I.
As the holidays wind down, Eric, Bryan, and Sarah begin discussing the life of one of history’s most eminent conquerors. Click here to download the podcast file. The post The Thing About Napoleon – Part I appeared first on Nerdonomy.
Past Present brings together three historians to discuss what's happening in American politics and culture today. Natalia, Neil, and Niki bring historical insights to the news of the day, offering listeners an alternative to the reflexive and polarized world of punditry. Interested in the world around you but exhausted by rote reactions and partisan talking points? You've come to the right place.
Rank #1: Episode 72: Milo & CPAC, Professor Politics, and Momastery.
In this week's episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate CPAC’s decision to disinvite Milo Yiannopoulos, legislation to require political balance in university faculties, and Christian blogger Momastery’s announcement of her lesbian engagement.
Rank #2: Episode 45: Veeps, Beach-Going, and the Olympic Doping Scandal.
On this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the changing role of the vice presidency, the history of beach-going, and the Russian doping scandal overshadowing the Rio Olympics.
American History Podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg
Rank #1: The Black Petticoat Society Talks Colonial Williamsburg.
The Black Petticoat Society, a TURN: Washington’s Spies fan group, interviewed Past and Present host Rachel West for their TURN-related podcast. The group discussed Colonial Williamsburg’s role as Philadelphia on the hit AMC show as well as other initiatives across the Foundation. For more information on the Black Petticoat Society and TURN: Washington’s Spies, click here.
Rank #2: What if the British had Won?.
In 1776, England had every expectation of winning a war with her upstart American colonies, and rightly so. And what if the war had gone their way? This is the premise of a class of fiction called “alternate history,” and Director of Publications Paul Aron has found some food for thought in its reimagined histories.
Welcome to Footnoting History! For links to further reading suggestions, a calendar of upcoming episodes, and the complete episode archive, visit us at FootnotingHistory.com!
Rank #1: A Royal Son: Henry the Young King.
(Christine) What is it like to be a king but still have to answer to your father? In the twelfth century, Henry the Young King lived in the shadow of one of Europe’s most powerful monarchs: Henry II of England. This episode delves into the life of a man who was crowned twice but never ruled the kingdom.
Rank #2: The Murderess in History.
(Lesley) Serial killers can be fascinating subjects. The men who hunt strangers are terrifying and interesting studies of the human mind. Yet women in history have also killed, and in some cases they have killed in large, unexpected numbers. In this episode, Lesley discusses five lesser-known serial killers from throughout history and analyzes how the female motivations from the past may differ from the more famous serial killers of modern day.
A new adventure story every week from Atlas Obscura and Filson. Hosted by Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton.
Rank #1: Ep. 4 The Smokejumper.
The final episode of this season of Horizon Line features a collection of tales from Rod Dow, who spent 32 years working as a smokejumper––a parachuting wilderness firefighter. At the time of his retirement in 1999, Rod had jumped into more fires than anyone else. He is the author of Just a Few Jumper stories, a book of 70 true stories from his smokejumping days, available on Amazon. Horizon Line is hosted by Ella Morton and Dylan Thuras and produced by Grant Irving. Music by Nolan Schneider. Additional production for this week's episode from Hana Glasser and Rose Annis. A very special thank you to Rod Dow.
Rank #2: Ep. 3 The Mountaineer.
The third episode of Horizon Line tells the story of Tenzing Norgay, whose immense skill and determination made possible the first summiting of Mount Everest. Horizon Line is produced in partnership with Filson. Original Alaska Outfitters. Since 1897. Goods and Gear at Filson.com. Horizon Line is hosted by Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton and produced by Grant Irving. Music by Nolan Schneider. Additional production for this week's episode from Bennett Madison, Hana Glasser, Rose Annis, and Tao Tao Holmes.
The 'on this day in history' podcast, with a new episode every single day. Featuring historical events that range from the Roman Empire to the World Wide Web, HistoryPod proves that there is always something to be remembered 'on this day'. Written and presented by Scott Allsop, creator of the award-winning www.mrallsophistory.com
Rank #1: 2nd August 216 BCE: Hannibal defeats the Roman army at the Battle of Cannae.
Hannibal’s army inflicted a devastating defeat on the numerically superior Roman army at the Battle of ...
Rank #2: 3rd August 1936: Jesse Owens wins his first gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
American athlete Jesse Owens won the first of four gold medals at the Berlin ...
The Audible Originals series Presidents Are People Too! recasts each of the American Presidents as real-life people, complete with flaws, quirks, triumphs, scandals and bodily ailments. Hosts Elliott Kalan, former Daily Show head writer, and American historian and author Alexis Coe talk to experts, comedians, journalists, actors and re-enactors to better understand the men memorialized on the Washington Mall and those all but forgotten.
Rank #1: Rutherford B. Hayes.
Alexis and Elliott explore the life of president number 19, Rutherford B. Hayes, and investigate how a seemingly decent man turned into possibly the worst president ever. Alexis and Elliott speak to author and historian Roy Morris Jr. about the stolen election of 1876, and to David O. Stowell about Hayes’ involvement in the Great Railway Strike of 1877. They also enlist the help of comedian Kristen Schaal, in an attempt to find an entertaining way to talk about the silver coinage debate.
Rank #2: Franklin Pierce.
Alexis and Elliott delve into the life of a handsome yet disappointing president, number 14, Franklin Pierce. They speak to a presidential grief specialist about how Pierce dealt with a tragic death two months before his inauguration, examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act—an act that was meant to defuse tension over slavery—ended up blowing up the country, and explore Pierce’s lifelong friendship with the acclaimed novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Here at Giants of History, we produce a weekly biographical podcast that explores history’s most fascinating figures from cradle to grave. In each series, we strive to highlight the best stories and most monumental moments in each subject’s respective life. Our goals are to entertain our listeners, as well as provide inspiration through education.
Rank #1: Winston Churchill: The Great Escape | Part 1.
Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! This episode is the first in a short series that covers one of the greatest escape stories in modern history…and the hero of this story is none other, than Winston Churchill. We hope you enjoy! For exclusive access to “Giants of History | Stories” which are extra, all new full length episodes of Giants of History, visit Patreon.com/giantsofhistory Gohistorypodcast.com | @giantshistory | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rank #2: Cleopatra: The Final Pharaoh | Series Introduction .
Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this introductory episode to our new series on Cleopatra, we explore some of the misunderstandings and lesser known facts about the legendary queen and her reign. We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | email@example.com
Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.
Rank #1: Christmas Ep.2.
Sam & James dig deep into the Unexpected History of Christmas. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries, signup to HistoryHit,TV, click here to subscribe.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Pete DennisTheme tune: Dan Morelle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: The Letter.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, ~Shakespeare, Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia But never doubt the unexpected historical links as the lieutenant of lifetimes, Professor James Daybell, and the investigator of intrigue, Dr Sam Willis, take the old post road from London to Dover. With a stop-off on Dartmoor, it’s then across the sea to Jamaica as they chart the material history of the letter. From statecraft to warfare, from love to diplomacy, join James and Sam as they uncover the unexpected history of letters. Need tips on how to hit just the right note with a letter to the mother-in- law? Listen out for how the Elizabethan gentlewoman Maria Thynne wrote to hers. You may well be inspired. History, of course, can only be written if there is evidence on which to base it, and letters provide such rich testimony of the past in so many ways. What would history be, and what tales would remain untold if such vast hoards of letters had not... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Lars Brownworth, author of "Lost to the West" and creator of the "12 Byzantine Rulers" podcast presents "Norman Centuries", a podcast on the Normans. While popular Norman history focuses on the regions of France and England, Norman Centuries covers the lesser known Italian Normans as well. Visit us at http://NormanCenturies.com/
Rank #1: Episode 5 - William the Conqueror.
The young Duke William seemed destined not to survive his childhood. Orphaned before he was ten, he became a plaything of powerful nobles as one by one his guardians were killed off. Normandy descended into chaos as central authority disappeared and ambitious knights began to carve out their own independent kingdoms. The king of France, looking to exploit the situation, invaded the Duchy seizing castles and encouraging a general revolt. But against all these odds, William somehow triumphed, defying both king and nobility and stamping his authority over his Duchy as few others would. Join Lars Brownworth as he looks at the early career of Normandy's most famous Duke.
Rank #2: Episode 4 - Magnificent Devil.
The reign of Robert I began under the dark suspicion of murder and descended into chaos as the young Duke struggled for control. Dogged by rumors of fratricide and a papal excommunication, he carried on a whirlwind romance with the beautiful Herleve and attempted the first invasion of England. Join Lars Brownworth as he looks at the tempestuous career of Robert I whose own subjects could never quite decide if he was Robert the Magnificent- or Robert the Devil.
Meaningful growth is hard. In part, because most of us don’t have amazing people to learn from. Grow Big Always is a weekly discussion-oriented podcast where host Sam Lawrence gets to the bottom of the uncomfortable, private, often surprising journeys unusual people have taken to achieve big results. It teaches us exactly how they have created breakthrough businesses, unusual relationships or life-changing transitions. Grow Big Always is an intimate and often funny look at a wide range of people and the irregular way they created something legendary.
Rank #1: Evolution makes these creatures do crazy shit with Author Matt Simon.
If you listen to this podcast it’s not a surprise that I love bizarre. What better way to extend that lens then to look beyond people? So when author Matt Simon was recommended by a listener as a guest for Grow Big Always, I thought it was a great idea because he’s a science writer at Wired and specializes on Zoology, specifically some crazy fucking creatures. It’s hard to describe his book, The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, because it’s a fusion of the insane things creatures do and also incredibly funny. Where else can you glance at a title of a section that says, “Adventures in having a six inch long clitoris.” Actually, don’t answer that. The book is an incredible collection of super bizarre creatures, packed with interesting facts that both impress you and creep you out. I know I did a few spit takes while reading it. So if you want to be "that person" at the next party that whips out some crazy facts that blow other people away, be sure to listen to this conversation with Matt Simon. That said, if you’re in the middle of eating some Panang curry or some Turkish-style poached eggs, you may want to take a break from that until after the show. That is, unless the stranger side of evolution is an appetite stimulant. And if so, breakfast is served. Image credit: Emilio GarciaMusic credit: The Cricket Song, Rich O'Toole
Rank #2: How to negotiate with people you love with FBI Hostage Negotiator Chris Voss.
The images we all have when it comes to negotiation are combative lawyers, confrontational car salesman or maybe the pit-sweats we’ve all had when asking our boss for a raise. While it’s true those things are negotiations, all of life is a negotiation. Those people who are closest to us— our spouse, parents, kids or friends— you’re negotiating with them all the time. Given how prevalent negotiation is, you’d think we’d all be pretty good at it but let’s face it, we suck. Ask most people and just the word “negotiation” sends up their defenses. It would seem mastering negotiation with the people you love the most could really change your life. Who better to talk to about negotiation than Christopher Voss. For over 24 years he was an FBI Hostage Negotiator. He investigated the first bombing of the World Trade Center and has been a primary negotiator on some of the highest profile situations around the world. After working on over 150 international hostage cases, Chris retired and then founded The Black Swan Group and authored the hugely popular book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. In this episode you’ll learn all kinds of incredibly helpful tools to help you navigate the next time you negotiate with a loved one. Oh, and stay tuned until the end of the show to get a special code to receive free weekly tips from Chris. In the meantime, be on the listen for the next time your spouse says, “you’re right.”It might just mean “negotiation over.”
A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.
Rank #1: The History Files #41: The Donner Party.
Sponsored by:Audible.com, the best place on the Internet for audiobooks. Listeners of The History Files can get a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial! Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.This week for our main topic we take a look at the ill-fated Donner party and their misbegotten attempt to cross the Sierras into California in… October. Although these tragic events later found a place in the folklore of the American West, in 1846 it was just a horrific series of terrible decisions resulting in the deaths of around 50% of the participants, many of them children. Sadly, the tragedy could have been avoided had it not been for the overweening hubris of the group’s leaders. As Gordon says, “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” Show notes and links: Rum Rebellion (1808) Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill, California (1848) Charles George “Chinese” Gordon killed in Khartoum (1885) Khartoum (1966) The Death of Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era Egyptian Museum Employees Face Fines for Botched Repair on King Tut’s Mask | Smart News (smithsonianmag.com) Red Letter Media Half in the Bag: The Revenant (redlettermedia.com) (NSFW) Winston Churchill’s lost card game now on iOS thanks to Donald Rumsfeld (arstechnica.com) Hawken rifle – the Plains Rifle Donner Party The Emigrants’ Guide To Oregon and California (complete text) The Hastings Cutoff (scienceviews.com) Sutter’s Fort (suttersfort.org) The Story of the Donner Party: Patty Reed’s Doll Forgotten Weapons (youtube.com) The Great War (youtube.com)
Rank #2: The History Files #29: The War of 1812.
Sponsored by:Audible.com, the best place on the Internet for audiobooks. Listeners of The History Files can get a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial! Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere This week we take a look at the War of 1812 in North America.. The one without the awesome Tchaikovsky theme music. Still; plenty to talk about, including the birth of the US Navy. Anchors away! Show notes and links: Henry Hudson and the exploration of the Hudson River (1609). The Second Continental Congress (1776). “We Have Met The Enemy, and they are Ours” , Oliver Perry, after the Battle of Lake Erie (1812). Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Scottish devolution referendum, 1997 September 11 attacks Methodical Illusion (interesting investigation of the 9-11 attacks). Horatio Hornblower , by C.S. Forester. Hornblower (TV series) Amazon.com: Damn the Defiant!: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde (1962) The Assassination of the Prime Minister: John Bellingham and the Murder of Spencer Perceval, David C. Hanrahan The Assassination of the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval | The Public Domain Review USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” Chesapeake–Leopard Affair Fort Detroit Fort Michilimackinac Original six frigates of the United States Navy (the War of the Frigates). John Rodgers (1772–1838) Commerce raiding (“guerre de course”) Letter of marque Little Belt Affair USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere The Mariners’ Museum : Birth of the U.S. Navy (marinersmuseum.org). USS United States vs HMS Macedonian HMS Java captured by the USS Constitution (1811) Capture of USS Chesapeake Capture of HMS Cyane and HMS Levant @history_files (twitter.com). CSICONauts Chat (csicon.net). History Files at goodreads.com