Stuff You Missed in History Class

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The story of the Menehune is one that's been handed down through oral history for generations. What are the real-world roots of this mythology?


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In 1912, a small Iowa town was the scene of a chilling and brutal crime.
Stein is an icon of modernist literature. Toklas is often described as her partner and assistant, but that short changes her story.
Pauline Sabin Feb. 12, 2018
A woman named Pauline Sabin is often credited as being one of the major activists behind Prohibition’s repeal.
This episode revisits the tragic love story of poet, philosopher and theologian Abelard, and his student Heloise.
A sanitation strike that lasted for nine weeks brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was assassinated.
Aspasia and Pericles Feb. 5, 2018
This is often held up as one of history’s great love stories, but their high- profile relationship was central to a key period in Greek history.
Armistead was a slave in Virginia, but got his master's approval to enlist when the Revolutionary War came. Armistead worked as a spy.
Mary-Russel Ferrell Colton was a painter, author and educator. But she's most famous for co-founding of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Anne Lister Jan. 29, 2018
At a time when many women sought husbands to ensure financial stability, Anne Lister was looking for a wife.
Today's classic revisits philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, who found himself struggling with his faith as he searched for evidence of the human soul.
For centuries, a forged document granted a large amount of Roman Empire land and power to Pope Sylvester I and his successors.
Rufus Wilmot Griswold Jan. 22, 2018
Griswold is most commonly known as Edgar Allan Poe's rival, and for creating negative characterizations of Poe that have endured more than a century.
Coming up on January 22, 2018 is the 230th birthday of Lord Byron. Who was he, and why is he associated with so many historical figures?
In 1898, a mob of armed white men enacted a violent plan against Wilmington, North Carolina’s black community and elected government.
Open racism and hotly contested elections led to a climate of unrest and white supremacist violence in late 19th-century Wilmington, North Carolina.
This classic episode revisits the Phoenicians, most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from.
Microbiologist and author Kathryn Lougheed joins Holly for a discussion of the long history of tuberculosis and its place in the modern age.
Mary Breckinridge advanced the medical field and found new ways to treat underserved communities, but there are problematic elements to her story.
Lavoisier was a chemist, biologist, geologist, physiologist, and economist. But he's most often referred to as the father of modern chemistry.