A child chooses a treat while trick-or-treating in the 1960s. (Photo by L. Willinger/FPG/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Halloween Candy!

Several of our Halloween episodes this year have trended toward the creepy and gory (including the Dyatlov Pass incident, the Beast of Gévaudan and the Villisca Ax Murders, if you missed them). So we’re capping off the season with much

Missed In History: The Villisca Ax Murders

  Today’s story is equal parts terror and tragedy. On the night of June 9, 1912, things seemed normal at the home of the Moore family of Villisca, Iowa. Parents J.B. and Sarah had returned home from Children’s Day at

How to Find Old Episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class

Holly and I get lots of emails, Tweets and Facebook messages, and even the occasional note on Tumblr, from listeners asking whether we have an episode on a particular topic. Since she and I only worked on about a quarter

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Missed In History: The Beast of Gévaudan

Nowadays, programs to reintroduce or protect wolves in the United States (and probably elsewhere) stress the idea that healthy wolves do not generally attack human beings. But that was absolutely untrue in early modern Europe, when attacks by both rabid

Portrait of Queen Christina as a child. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Missed In History: Christina of Sweden

When Christina of Sweden was born, her mother and father, Queen Consort Maria Eleonora and King Gustav, had been trying for more than five years to have a male heir. In that time, the Queen had given birth to two

Bela Lugosi stars as a mad scientist mutated by his own experiments in “The Ape Man” in 1943. Minerva Urecal is his sister Agatha. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Bela Lugosi Part 2

Today’s episode takes us through Bela Lugosi’s later life, in which he simultaneously tried to get away from his legacy as Dracula and took on the role again and again to try to make ends meet. He also struggled with

Carroll Borland standing behind Bela Lugosi in a scene from the film "Mark Of The Vampire," 1935. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Bela Lugosi Part 1

Last year’s Halloween two-parter on Elsa Lanchester (the Bride of Frankenstein) worked out to be extremely popular, so this year we’re at it again: This time it’s two parts on Bela Lugosi. He’s mostly thought of in the context of

Button from the 4th Annual Christopher Street Gay Pride Day held in Greenwich Village, NYC, at which Sylvia Rivera was a scheduled speaker. --- Image by © David J. & Janice L. Frent Collection/Corbis
Missed In History: Sylvia Rivera

In articles about transgender and gay rights activist Sylvia Rivera, the same nickname comes up again and again: “the Rosa Parks of the gay rights movement.” But Sylvia had far more in common with Claudette Colvin, the young woman who

Missed In History: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Today’s episode is a frequent listener request (and one covered by our colleagues at Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know in video form). It’s a creepy, unsolved history mystery, and it’s a tragedy: Nine young hikers who ventured into

Ethan Allen, frontiersman folk hero. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Missed In History: Ethan Allen

On top of being an oft-requested subject on his own, Ethan Allen’s story touches on a number of other frequent listener requests. There’s the Green Mountain Boys, the fall of Fort Ticonderoga, and Benedict Arnold’s advance into Canada, to name

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