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Missed in History: The Batavia

I know we just talked about a shipwreck last week. Perhaps three shipwreck episodes in a row are two too many for your taste. But the Batavia wasn’t just a shipwreck. Its story also involves a mutiny and a massacre.

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Missed in History: The Wreck of the Ten Sail

Late this winter, I visited the Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town, Grand Cayman. I’d been there once before, but this time, a video caught my eye that I hadn’t seen the last time around. It very briefly told

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Missed in History: The Count of St. Germain

In the 18th century, a man who became known as the Count of St. Germain made a name for himself in London, Belgium and the court of Versailles. He claimed to be immortal. He claimed to know the Queen of

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Missed in History: The Pig War

Our episode today comes from the listener suggestion box: Katy wrote to us way back in August of 2013 to recommend that we look into the Pig War. And oh, how glad I am that she did. Essentially, in 1859,

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Missed in History: Eric XIV

Today’s episode has some themes in common with our recent story on Crown Prince Sado of Korea, including a royal family with a history of mental health issues and an ultimately murderous end. This time, it’s from Sweden. Eric XIV’s

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Missed in History: Crucifixion

Within days of our joining the podcast, listeners started asking Holly and me to do a Shroud of Turin episode sometime around Easter. That first spring, it just wasn’t possible – we started in March, and we would have had

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Missed in History: Rose Bertin

One of Marie Antoinette’s many claims to historical fame was her inordinately large collection of opulent, dramatic gowns. Her legendary wardrobe has been criticized and envied to no end. Today’s episode is about the woman who created much of that

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Missed in History: Ambrose Bierce

Thanks to the recent popularity of HBO’s “True Detective” series, many people have found a new (or renewed) interest in the writing of Robert W. Chambers. A book of short stories he wrote in the late 1800s called “The King

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Missed in History: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

I was surprised to learn when researching this podcast that only 31 percent of physicians in the United States are women. I’ve always lived in areas where I could choose a female doctor if I wished, although there are definitely

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Missed in History: Foot Binding

For many, the Chinese tradition of foot binding calls up immediate, unpleasant (or perhaps infuriating) connotations. And while the practice was undoubtedly painful and debilitating for many Chinese women and girls – and it affected virtually every facet of their

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