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SYMHC Classics: Villisca Ax Murders Feb. 17, 2018
In 1912, a small Iowa town was the scene of a chilling and brutal crime.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Feb. 14, 2018
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.
SYMHC Classics: Abelard and Heloise Feb. 10, 2018
This episode revisits the tragic love story of poet, philosopher and theologian Abelard, and his student Heloise.
The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike Feb. 7, 2018
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-Russell Ferrell Colton Jan. 31, 2018
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.
SYMHC Classics: Who was Emanuel Swedenborg? Jan. 27, 2018
Today's classic revisits philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, who found himself struggling with his faith as he searched for evidence of the human soul.
The Donation of Constantine Jan. 24, 2018
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.
SYMHC Classics: How Lord Byron Worked Jan. 20, 2018
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?
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 2 Jan. 17, 2018
In 1898, a mob of armed white men enacted a violent plan against Wilmington, North Carolina’s black community and elected government.
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 1 Jan. 15, 2018
Open racism and hotly contested elections led to a climate of unrest and white supremacist violence in late 19th-century Wilmington, North Carolina.
SYMHC Classics: The Phoenician Alphabet Jan. 13, 2018
This classic episode revisits the Phoenicians, most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from.
Author Interview: Kathryn Lougheed on Tuberculosis Jan. 10, 2018
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 and the Frontier Nursing Service Jan. 8, 2018
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.