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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.

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The best

By ABCWYom - Nov 02 2019
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I love this podcast- each episode goes in depth to uncover a piece of history.

My Favorite Podcast

By Steph2319 - Oct 28 2019
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I listen to about 5 podcasts regularly, but this one is my very favorite!

iTunes Ratings

15891 Ratings
Average Ratings
10117
2344
1179
936
1315

The best

By ABCWYom - Nov 02 2019
Read more
I love this podcast- each episode goes in depth to uncover a piece of history.

My Favorite Podcast

By Steph2319 - Oct 28 2019
Read more
I listen to about 5 podcasts regularly, but this one is my very favorite!
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Stuff You Missed in History Class

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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: 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

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Rank #2: 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 #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

41mins

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Rank #4: 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 #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

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Rank #7: 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

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Rank #8: 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

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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

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Rank #12: A Brief History of Doughnuts

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Making basic pastes or doughs and frying them has been part of human civilization for centuries. From this, the doughnut eventually evolved, and also caused a number of heated debates along the way. 

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Jun 05 2019

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Rank #13: Transatlantic Cruising Before the Titanic

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Ships were of course carrying cargo for centuries before the idea of carrying passengers in any sort of vacation sense existed. But once the Black Ball line decided to prioritize passenger comfort, the development of the cruise industry began. 

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Mar 06 2019

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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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 #16: The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary Stuart is one of history’s most memorable figures, with myriad compelling chapters in her life. The Babington Plot was a convoluted bit of intrigue that she’s tied to, and it ultimately led to her execution.

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Dec 17 2018

37mins

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Rank #17: 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

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Rank #18: 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

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Rank #19: 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

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Rank #20: Hawaii's Legend of the Menehune

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The story of the Menehune is one that's been handed down through oral history for generations. But can the roots of this mythological group of people be traced to real-world events?

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Feb 19 2018

32mins

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