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Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Rank #4 in History category

Society & Culture
History
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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio and HowStuffWorks.

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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio and HowStuffWorks.

iTunes Ratings

16674 Ratings
Average Ratings
10566
2482
1254
990
1382

Best History Podcast

By Yana U - Jan 18 2020
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By far my first go-to. Holly and Tracey are so great. Favorite podcast!

Great info but

By is rhis name taken? - Jan 12 2020
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I can’t stand the inappropriate laughing throughout. I so bad it’s distracting.

iTunes Ratings

16674 Ratings
Average Ratings
10566
2482
1254
990
1382

Best History Podcast

By Yana U - Jan 18 2020
Read more
By far my first go-to. Holly and Tracey are so great. Favorite podcast!

Great info but

By is rhis name taken? - Jan 12 2020
Read more
I can’t stand the inappropriate laughing throughout. I so bad it’s distracting.
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Stuff You Missed in History Class

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by iHeartRadio and HowStuffWorks.

Rank #1: Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives

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Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler, who was at the time the Nazi Party Leader and Reich Chancellor, directed an action which eliminated all of his political enemies and enabled him to declare himself Fuhrer.

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May 22 2017

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Rank #2: The Occupation of Alcatraz, Part 1

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This episode gives context for the Occupation of Alcatraz, including a brief survey of U.S. government policy toward Native people from the colonial period through the 1950. It also covers some Alcatraz history and an earlier occupation in 1964.

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Nov 18 2019

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Rank #3: Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

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Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, she eventually took her dancing to France.

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Sep 19 2016

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Rank #4: The Catacombs of Paris

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The Catacombs contain the bones of an estimated 6 to 7 million people. Their history is really two interconnected stories of mines and human remains, because in the 18th century, Paris was dealing with two huge problems simultaneously.

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Oct 23 2019

36mins

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Rank #5: Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball was the grande dame of American comedy. The famed star worked in modeling, radio and film, but she really made her mark in television, and her work set the standard for the TV sitcom.

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Feb 01 2017

31mins

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Rank #6: Three Nuclear Close Calls

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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. One such moment is the only known time that a head of state has activated their nuclear briefcase.

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Apr 10 2017

31mins

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Rank #7: Murasaki Shikibu and the Tale of Genji

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Murasaki Shikibu, sometimes known in English as Lady Murasaki, lived during Japan’s Heian period. She was a lady-in-waiting to Empress Shoshi, and is credited with writing the Japanese classic literature work, "Tale of Genji."

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Jan 08 2020

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Rank #8: The Evacuation of Dunkirk

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With a huge number of British Expeditionary Force troops stranded in one location, a massive evacuation operation was undertaken. While it was considered a success, the costs to the Allies were high.

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Jul 19 2017

30mins

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Rank #9: The Battle of France and the Flight to Dunkirk

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Retellings of the Dunkirk rescue often leave out how the Allied forces got into such a predicament, with a huge part of the British Expeditionary Force stranded. Today, we'll talk about the lead-up to WWII and its relentless progression into France.

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Jul 17 2017

31mins

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Rank #10: The War Between Great Britain and the Zulu Kingdom

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Great Britain’s efforts to control southern Africa eventually led to war with the Zulu Kingdom. A brutal series of engagements claimed the lives of many British and Zulu soldiers, but Britain’s portrayal of events minimized poor leadership decisions.

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Nov 20 2017

32mins

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Rank #11: Andrew Carnegie

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Carnegie was a child of poverty who became one of the richest men on Earth. But his life, while largely charmed, had a massive scar of bad judgment on it. He also decided that the most important thing he could do with his money was to give it away.

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Mar 26 2018

43mins

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Rank #12: The Historical Roots of Holiday Treats

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Tasty treats associated with winter holidays - candy canes, wassail and gingerbread - have some slightly hazy origins, because the evidence of their histories was eaten. What do we actually know about these foods and their place in the holiday menu?

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Dec 13 2017

33mins

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Rank #13: The Ancient City of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis

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The city of Ephesus fell under many different rulers throughout its history, as wars and shifting politics changed Asia Minor. For centuries, it endured, became a successful trade port, and was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. 

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Apr 16 2018

29mins

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Rank #14: The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

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Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity. There were numerous stumbling blocks before there was finally a direct connection across the Atlantic.

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Nov 09 2016

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Rank #15: The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprints

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In February 1855, mysterious prints that looked like hoof marks appeared all over the English seaside county of Devon. But figuring out who or what made those prints is a puzzle that continues to befuddle people.

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Oct 02 2017

34mins

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Rank #16: Charles VI of France: The Mad King

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France’s mad king Charles VI reigned in the middle of the Hundred Years War between England and France. While his early reign hinted at greatness, things soon spiraled downward.

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Aug 14 2017

33mins

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Rank #17: Matthew Hopkins and The Discovery of Witches

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England’s largest and deadliest set of witch trials were largely influenced by one man – Matthew Hopkins, who was known as the Witchfinder General, even though that doesn’t seem to have been an official title given to him in any sort of formal way.

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Nov 04 2019

41mins

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Rank #18: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 1

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After the Germans invaded France in 1940, an idea sprouted in the highest levels of Great Britain's leadership. From that idea, the Special Operations Executive was born. And in many ways, it changed the way wars were fought forever.

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Dec 18 2017

29mins

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Rank #19: A Brief History of Vodka

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The story of vodka is one that’s closely tied to cultural identity for several countries, but 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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Feb 18 2019

35mins

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Rank #20: Maria Montessori

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While she's mostly associated with education, Maria Montessori worked in several fields. Her theories on early education still shape the way kids learn today around the globe.

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Jan 16 2017

45mins

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Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures, Part 1

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Starting in 1801, the Seventh Earl of Elgin removed many classical Greek sculptures from Greece, particularly from the Parthenon and other monuments at the Acropolis in Athens. Pt. 1 covers the events leading up to the early removal efforts.

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Jan 20 2020

37mins

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SYMHC Classics: The Ghost Army

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We’re revisiting a 2015 episode about the U.S. Ghost Army, a top-secret group assembled to create confusion and mislead Axis forces during WWII. 

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Jan 18 2020

29mins

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Behind the Scenes Minis: André Le Nôtre

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Holly and Tracy discuss the great master gardener's work, delve into the moral implications of opulence, and weigh those against the value of the resulting art. They also discuss the nature of unconscious perception of others based on presentation.

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Jan 17 2020

14mins

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André Le Nôtre, Part 2

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In part one, we talked about Le Nôtre's early years and his work at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Today, we'll pick up with his incredible achievements designing and executing the gardens of Versailles and his later life.

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Jan 15 2020

35mins

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André Le Nôtre, Part 1

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Le Nôtre's work defined the French formal garden in the 17th century. Today in part one, we’re going to cover his life up to a project that was controversial not for Le Nôtre's part in it, but because of its implications for the property’s owner.

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Jan 13 2020

32mins

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SYMHC Classics: Hokusai

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We're revisiting our 2015 episode on Hokusai, who lived during a time when there was not a lot of contact between Japan and the West. But even so, he drew some influence form Western art, and Western art was greatly influenced by his own work.

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Jan 11 2020

29mins

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Joan Curran and Murasaki Shikibu

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On today's casual Friday talk, Tracy and Holly talk about the surprising level of recognition Joan Curran got from male contemporaries, war debris, and the skeevier aspects of the "Tale of Genji."

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Jan 10 2020

12mins

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Murasaki Shikibu and the Tale of Genji

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Murasaki Shikibu, sometimes known in English as Lady Murasaki, lived during Japan’s Heian period. She was a lady-in-waiting to Empress Shoshi, and is credited with writing the Japanese classic literature work, "Tale of Genji."

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Jan 08 2020

36mins

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Joan Strothers Curran and Radar Countermeasures

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Curran was a Welsh scientist who developed a system of thwarting radar for the Allied forces in WWII. What we know of her work is entirely pieced together from accounts by her male colleagues, who, fortunately, recognized the importance of her contributions.

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Jan 06 2020

29mins

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SYMHC Classics: The Riotous Life of Caravaggio

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This classic from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina explores the controversial life of Caravaggio. He may not be as well-known as Leonardo da Vinci, but this amazing painter has been receiving more and more attention in recent times.

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Jan 04 2020

23mins

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Unearthed! in December 2019

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In discussing this week's episodes, Tracy explains how she tracks news stories on her Unearthed! Pinterest board, and she and Holly theorize about why some topics have a lot of interest clustered in any given year.

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Jan 03 2020

8mins

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Unearthed! in December 2019, Part 2

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It’s part two of our year-end Unearthed! Today, we have some longtime listener favorites, including edibles and potables, Otzi, and exhumations. And some other stuff – beginning with several studies about what exactly caused the Neanderthals to die out.

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Jan 01 2020

35mins

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Unearthed! in December 2019, Part 1

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It’s time for the end-of-the-year edition of Unearthed! Today we have episode updates, books and letters, shipwrecks, and animal finds, among a few other categories. Next time we’ll have the edibles and potables, clothing and accessories, and exhumations, among others.

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Dec 30 2019

36mins

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SYMHC Classics: Haile Selassie

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Haile Selassie wasn't just the last emperor of Ethiopia -- he is also hailed as a messiah. In this classic episode from 2011, previous hosts Deblina and Sarah explore the astonishing life of Haile Selassie.

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Dec 28 2019

32mins

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Aspirin and Lalibela

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On this casual Friday chat, Tracy and Holly share their thoughts on the history of aspirin, as well as the amazing churches carved from stone in Ethiopia.

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Dec 27 2019

10mins

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Ethiopia's Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela

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The complex at Lalibela was excavated from volcanic rock about 700 years ago, and has been in continuous use since then. It's connected to the overall history of Christianity in Ethiopia -- different from Christianity in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dec 25 2019

41mins

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Holiday Bonus! NORAD Tracking Santa: A Cold War History

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Just a little Christmas Eve cheer for our listeners as everyone keeps an eye out for Santa! It's our 2017 episode about how NORAD started tracking Santa. There’s some myth-busting here, and maybe the tiniest bit of bah-humbug.

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Dec 24 2019

35mins

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The Invention of Aspirin

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From its natural base substance, salicin, to the invention of its synthetic derivative form that we still use, the story of aspirin has its own controversy and conflict, including whether the proper chemist has been given credit for its invention. . 

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Dec 23 2019

34mins

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Introducing Service: Stories of Hunger and War

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How do our food stories change during wartime? Each episode follows a World War II veteran from their home in the United States through their overseas deployment and back again. We hear firsthand where they fought, who they fed, how they ate, and what tastes they missed most while away at war. "Service: Stories of Hunger and War" is an iHeartRadio production hosted by Jacqueline Raposo. Listen now everywhere podcasts are found: https://megaphone.link/service

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Dec 22 2019

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SYMHC Classics: Not Ned - Bushrangers in Later Years

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This 2011 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina continues the bushranger discussion. After 1853, many bushrangers were native-born. Ben Hall seemed on track for a peaceful life until two wrongful arrests put him on different path. And then there's "Mad" Dan Morgan. who was known for meaningless murders, cruelty and violence.

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Dec 21 2019

21mins

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iTunes Ratings

16674 Ratings
Average Ratings
10566
2482
1254
990
1382

Best History Podcast

By Yana U - Jan 18 2020
Read more
By far my first go-to. Holly and Tracey are so great. Favorite podcast!

Great info but

By is rhis name taken? - Jan 12 2020
Read more
I can’t stand the inappropriate laughing throughout. I so bad it’s distracting.