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Stuff You Missed in History Class

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

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SYMHC Classics: Plessy v Ferguson

This 2015 episode covers a landmark legal moment. The ruling in this infamous U.S. Supreme Court case stated that segregation was legal as long as the separate facilities were equal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

31mins

20 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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SYMHC Classics: Alice Roosevelt

Today we revisit a 2015 episode about Alice Roosevelt. The eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed "the Second Washington Monument" because of her social power, which she parlayed into political influence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

37mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics

She was one of the greatest experimental physicists of her era, publishing influential papers before she was even out of graduate school. She made multiple major contributions to the field during her career, and became known as the Chinese Marie Curie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

40mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Alfred Wegener, Beyond the Drift Dispute

Alfred Wegener had a HUGE career outside of his ideas around what we now understand as plate tectonics, which had both detractors and supporters. He did important and respected work that touched on multiple disciplines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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The Catacombs of Paris

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

41mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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SYMHC Classics: Maria Tallchief

Reaching back to a 2014 episode on Maria Tallchief, a Native American dancer who was the first grand ballerina of the United States. Through her partnership with famed choreographer George Balanchine, she helped shape ballet in America and served as an inspiration for artists from all backgrounds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

35mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Maria Anna Mozart

Maria Anna Mozart is often left out of brief accounts of her brother’s life. But his sister was sharing the bench with him and was also considered an impressive and accomplished musician.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

39mins

11 Nov 2020

Rank #7

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André Le Nôtre, Part 1

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

38mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

39mins

22 May 2017

Rank #9

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Ida Lewis, Lighthouse Keeper

Ida Lewis lived most of her life fairly isolated on a tiny island off the coast Rhode Island. But it was a life she deeply loved. In her words, “I could not be contented elsewhere.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

46mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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SYMHC Classics: Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life

This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers Johann Dippel. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he's remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

34mins

16 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Poison Control: A History

How did the U.S. get to the point of having this one resource, specifically for poisoning, that’s so reliable and available that it gets printed on the labels of consumer products?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

45mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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SYMHC Classics: Ned Kelly's Last Stand

In 2011, previous hosts Sarah and Deblina talked about Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger. He became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Now, many Australians think of him as a folk hero. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

27mins

7 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1

Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most notorious Supreme Court cases of all time. It wasn’t just about Dred Scott. It was also about his wife Harriet and their daughters Eliza and Lizzy. This episode covers Dred and Harriet, how they met, and what their lives were like before petitioning for their freedom in 1846. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

38mins

16 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Unearthed! In Autumn 2019

As promised in July, we have some Unearthed this fall! We've got past episode updates,  cannonballs, things that are oldests and firsts, textiles, edibles and potables, and a little bit of creepy and eerie stuff at the end.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

50mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Unearthed! Spring 2020

Tracy and Holly discuss their favorite parts of this week's Unearthed! episodes, as well as the way that our current situation causes the unearthing of new information every day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

15mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

46mins

19 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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King Philip’s War

King Philip’s War was an armed conflict primarily between English colonists and Indigenous nations in what’s now New England, although there were some Indigenous peoples who were allied with the colonists.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Grover Cleveland’s Medical Secret

In 1893, President Grover Cleveland noticed a rough spot on the roof of his mouth. This turned into a medical situation and led to a daring surgery that was kept secret from the public for decades.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

44mins

13 May 2020

Rank #19

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The Ancient City of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

35mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #20