Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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SYMHC CLassics: Paul Poiret

This is a revisit of our 2013 episode on the often avante-garde French designer Paul Poiret. He got rid of corsets,...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Grand Central and Zoe and Theodora

Holly and Tracy talk about what a jerk Cornelius Vanderbilt was, trivia about the Grand Central story, and...

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Zoë & Theodora, Byzantine Empresses

Over almost 30 years in 11th-century Constantinople, sometimes Zoë ruled alongside one of her husbands, sometimes she...

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central's story starts with one of the wealthiest names in U.S. history, but it also is in many ways the story...

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SYMHC Classics: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

This 2014 episode covers the incident in 1959, in which nine students ventured into the Ural mountains for a ski...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Isadora

Holly and Tracy talk about Holly's childhood perceptions of Isadora Duncan and how the famous dancer broke...

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Isadora Duncan, Part 2

The comforts afforded by fame were forever clouded for Duncan by an ongoing series of tragedies, leading right up to...

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Isadora Duncan, Part 1

Duncan, often called the mother of modern dance, had an unconventional upbringing, and a VERY unconventional life....

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SYMHC Classics: The Nazi Games and Jesse Owens

This 2012 episode covers the 1936 Berlin Olympics and African-American sprinter Jesse Owens, as well as the games as...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Freedom Summer and Cobb

Tracy and Holly talk about how young everyone had been during the Mississippi Freedom Summer, voter suppression, and...

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W. Montague Cobb, MD, PhD

W. Montague Cobb was the first Black person in the U.S. to earn a PhD in physical anthropology, worked to debunk...

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Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964

The Mississippi Summer project of 1964, now known as Freedom Summer, was a in part a voter registration project that...

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SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

This 2018 episode covers Gertrude Stein, an icon in the world of modernist literature. Alice B. Toklas is often...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Smallpox and Cowpox

Tracy and Holly talk about Spain's effort to spread the smallpox vaccine, and how Balmis handled things. They also...

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The Royal Philanthropic Vaccine Expedition, Part 2

With the smallpox vaccine established, Spain’s wanted to deliver it to its colonies in the Americas and the...

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The Royal Philanthropic Vaccine Expedition, Part 1

Once Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine, it spread from England, where he lived, to other parts of the...

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SYMHC Classics: The Nazca Lines

This 2013 episode covered the Nazca lines in the desert about 200 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, between the Andes...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Tello and Du Châtelet

Holly and Tracy talk about how many things don't make it into episodes, sometimes due to cutting for narrative...

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Émilie du Châtelet

Du Châtelet challenged the philosophic and scientific world of her time, but she's often eclipsed by her far more...

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Julio Tello, Peru’s Archaeological Trail Blazer

Tello is often called some variation of the father of Peruvian archaeology or the first indigenous Peruvian...

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