From "Self-Portrait as a Lute Player." Found in the collection of Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Artemisia Gentileschi

She’s often called the greatest female painter of the Baroque period, which is a bit of an odd description. There were, of course, plenty of women who painted in the Baroque period, but very, very few reached the level of

The Codex Gigas on display during the opening of the six-week exhibition in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Hana Kalvachova/isifa/Getty Images)
Missed in History: The Codex Gigas

Its name just translates to “Giant Book,” but the Codex Gigas is an important chronicle of both secular and religious history in Bohemia. It also contains a particularly dramatic picture of the devil, which has led to some people calling

A large crowd gathers in South Boston's Columbus Park to protest federal court-ordered busing of black students to all-white neighborhood schools, 1975. (Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Brown v. Board Part 2

The battle to desegregate schools after the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education gets a lot of attention in classes on American history and the American Civil Rights Movement. But the struggle to integrate schools went on

Nathaniel Steward, 17, recites his lesson at the newly integrated Saint-Dominique School on May 21, 1954. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/GettyImages)
Missed in History: Brown v. Board Part 1

When I decided to take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court cases that framed the practice of segregation, my original intent was to have one episode each on Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board. But Brown v. Board

A Bakelite pipe depicting Winston Churchill is displayed at Chartwell on January 23, 2015 in Westerham, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Leo Henrik Baekeland (and Bakelite)

Dr. Leo Baekeland, the inventor of the first synthetic plastic, was a wealthy man at a young age thanks to creating a new way to develop photographs. But it was his work with phenol and formaldehyde that would help usher

April 1945, Belle Glade, Florida, USA --- A general store, segregated by police order, in Belle Glade, Florida. --- Image by © CORBIS
Missed in History: Plessy v. Ferguson

The name “Plessy v. Ferguson” is probably familiar to most of our listeners – it was the 1896 Supreme Court decision that found segregation based on race to be constitutional, provided that the separate facilities were also equal. But, as

Thomas Willis (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Narcolepsy

Medical history time! The first mention of narcolepsy in medical literature is from Thomas Willis, circa 1621. The historical record has plenty of gaps from there — and, unfortunately, we couldn’t find a lot of documentation outside the world of

The Oasis of Siwa, where the Lost Army of Cambyses was purportedly headed when it disappeared. (enrico_cantore/iStockphoto/ThinkStock)
Missed in History: Six Impossible Episodes

We haven’t really hidden the fact that we get a lot of listener requests. The ones we get repeatedly usually rise to the top a little faster (with “the top” really meaning “out of the pile of more requests than

One of the figures from this story: John Boyle O'Reilly
Missed in History: The Catalpa and the Fremantle Six

Listener Joseph asked us to talk about the Catalpa a while back. That sounds like the story of a ship, but it’s really the story of a jailbreak — an international jailbreak involving Irish prisoners, an Australian prison and an

One of the half-tracks of the 3132 Signal Company Special, the sonic deception arm of the Ghost Army.  (Photo by Natonal Archives / / Getty Images)
Missed in History: The Ghost Army

We’ve gotten a ton of requests to talk about the Ghost Army lately, probably because of an article at Mental Floss called “The Most Amazing Lie in History.” It is amazing, and today’s episode is a totally different angle on

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