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Missed In History: Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton is believed to have killed people — a whole lot of people — by poisoning them with arsenic. But unlike many other prolific killers of the era, her name hasn’t become synonymous with murder, poison or death.

Calamity Jane next to Wild Bill Hickock's grave, next to whom she herself would later be buried. She is also wearing a dress. Try not to faint. Image by © CORBIS
Missed In History: Calamity Jane

After a guy on our Facebook page repeatedly complained that our episode on Calamity Jane was inaccurate, we decided we ought to actually have an episode on Calamity Jane, since we didn’t before. (Also, following a negative iTunes review in which

A wall of one of the palaces of Abomey. (Photo by Raquel Maria Carbonell Pagola/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Palaces of Abomey

The idea for today’s episode came from a Tumblr post, which described an African kingdom that built a series of earthen palaces, with each successive king constructing a new one in the visual and architectural style as the ones that came before.

A microphone, reflection filter and popper stopper, which can help you get a cleaner recording. (liamgrantfoto/iStock/ThinkStock)
Our Advice for New Podcasters

Holly and I have been getting lots of email lately from folks who want to start a podcast and would like our advice. “What advice do you have for podcasters?” is also one of the questions we hear most often

Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope.  (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Diogenes

Holly and I frequently find humor in our subjects’ foibles, from Henry Hudson’s misguided meanderings in search of a northern sea route from Europe to Asia, to the entirety of the Eggnog Riot. Today’s subject is full of foibles, too …

Local residents read a voting sign during elections in Southern Rhodesia, 1964. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Rhodesia

In our recent episode on the British child migrant program, we made a brief reference to the former colony of Rhodesia. The next day, Rhodesia and its connection to white supremacy became national news following the massacre at Emanuel African

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Missed In History: Peanut Butter

In possibly our most casual episode, we’re talking about peanut butter. It’s a lot older than John Harvey Kellogg or George Washington Carver, who each wrongly get the credit for its invention. Our listener mail is from Brian, who tells

The caption that came with this picture, which is so sad given the outcome: circa 1932:  Forty cheering children, leaving Waterloo, headed for Western Australia where they are to be trained at a farm school.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Britain’s Child Migrants

Thanks to the BBC TV series “Call the Midwife,” I learned that, for a while, Great Britain sent “unwanted” children to Australia, where many of them wound up living in appalling conditions. Consequently I had to find out more about

American doctor Virginia Apgar (1909 - 1974), newly-appointed head of the Division of Congenital Malformations of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March Of Dimes), June 1959. Specialising in paediatrics, Apgar developed the first system of tests, known as the Apgar score, to assess the health of newborn babies. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Dr. Virginia Apgar

“Apgar score” sounds like an acronym — and in the 1960s, a medical resident did rework the components of the score to align with its creator’s name — but it was really the work of Dr. Virginia Apgar. Originally aspiring

A harmonica and box made by one of the companies we discuss in the episode, made to commemorate a summit between Reagan and Gorbachev. Location: Hohner Harmonica Museum, Trossingen, Germany.  Image by © Christopher Cormack/CORBIS
Missed In History: Harmonicas

We have a bit of musical history today with a show on harmonicas — their musical ancestors, their development and some of the notable musicians who made their names as amazing harmonica players. Holly reads listener mail from Will and

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