Episodes

Nov. 8, 2021

41: The Hunt for the Friends of Dorothy

We’ve named this episode after The Hunt for the Red October because it’s kind of like that, but instead of a Soviet submarine, th…

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Nov. 1, 2021

40: Elizabeth Van Lew

The year is 1861 and America is in the grips of a bloody Civil War that will change it forever. In Richmond, the capital of the n…

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Oct. 25, 2021

39: Buried Alive in Wolf Park

On July 17, 1904, 500 residents of Hammond, Indiana gathered together one unseasonably hot summer afternoon, wearing their Sunday…

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Oct. 18, 2021

38: The Princes in the Tower

In 1647, laborers toiling away at the Tower of London uncovered two small skeletons while clearing away rubble from a staircase. …

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Oct. 12, 2021

37: Bill Russell in Marion, Indiana

I just recently learned that NBA legend Bill Russell once came to my hometown of Marion, Indiana during the 1960's. The result of…

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Oct. 4, 2021

36: Straw Hat Riots of 1922

In 1922, thousands of teenagers in Manhattan went on a straw hat smashing spree that sent many of them to jail, and some of their…

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Sept. 27, 2021

35: The Worst Speech in History

There are just times when you need a great speech. These times are rare, but they exist. This episode is about a time like this, …

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Sept. 20, 2021

34: The Case of Henry Livermore Abbott

On a cold morning, October 21st, 1861, an officer in the Union army named Major Henry Livermore Abbott led the 20th Massachusetts…

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Sept. 13, 2021

33: The Stabbing of Monica Seles

Sometimes the bad guys win. Sometimes the people with the worst intentions get what they want in life and their victims lose ever…

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Sept. 6, 2021

32: America's Cincinnatus

One of the most important hometowns in American history is Alexandria, Virginia. Along with being the wealthiest city in Virginia…

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Aug. 23, 2021

31: Forgotten Third Battle of the American Civil War

The first battle of the Civil War was the Battle of Fort Sumter, off the coast of South Carolina, in early April 1861. A week lat…

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Aug. 9, 2021

30: The Italian Hall Disaster of 1913

Sometimes known as the 1913 Massacre, the Italian Hall Disaster was a tragedy that occurred on December 24th, 1913 in Calumet, Mi…

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July 19, 2021

29: The Potsdam Giants

Sometime in 1678, the mighty Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I, known as the “soldier king” of Europe’s most warlike state, sat i…

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July 13, 2021

28: Madam C.J. Walker, Part 2: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

Part 2 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philant…

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June 21, 2021

27: Madam C.J. Walker, Part 1: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

Part 1 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philant…

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June 14, 2021

26: Robert Smalls

How have I never heard of Robert Smalls?I’m betting you haven’t either. Smalls was an antebellum slave and real-life action hero …

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June 7, 2021

25: The Dumb Blonde Stereotype

Does Blonde hair make you dumb? No, seriously does it? Let’s track the history of this stereotype and find out if it’s true. Visi…

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May 17, 2021

24: Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 2

This is the 2nd half of our Dear H.H. Holmes episode. Meet Almeda Huiet, of Wabash County, Indiana. Possibly the first Chicago vi…

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May 10, 2021

23: Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 1

Could this be the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes? In Chicago on a cold November morning in 1888, the …

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May 3, 2021

22: Black Like Me

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup that white performers have used throughout history to portray, and demean, black people.…

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April 19, 2021

21: Monopoly

Have you ever heard of The Landlord's Game, created by Elizabeth Magie? Well if you haven't, you certainly aren't alone. Elizabet…

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April 12, 2021

20: The Cadaver Synod

World history is filled with strange occurrences, from deadly fashion trends to wars fought on baseless grounds. However, none ar…

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April 5, 2021

19: Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home

The centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the former home of our 16th president, where he lived with his youn…

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March 29, 2021

18: April Fools' Day

The first of April is widely regarded as an unofficial holiday reserved for pranks and hoaxes that seem too ridiculous to be beli…

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