One of the half-tracks of the 3132 Signal Company Special, the sonic deception arm of the Ghost Army.  (Photo by Natonal Archives / ghostarmy.org / 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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Missed in History: Katie Sandwina

Katie Sandwina came from a family of circus performers, and as she grew into her own under the big top, she became famous as a strongwoman. She was also a wife and mother, and she made her mark as a

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Missed in History: Antoni Gaudi Part 2

Today is our second part of our two-parter on Antoni Gaudi. We’re talking about the bulk of his career in this episode, as well as getting into the details of his astonishing seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We promise some

Mosaic Salamander, "El Erac," at Parc Guell. (Karl Blackwell/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Antoni Gaudi Part 1

Antoni Gaudi’s life and work as an architect were so monumental that we need two episodes to talk about it all. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in his body of work — an incredible achievement. In this first

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Missed In History: Sea Monkeys

Sea Monkeys have a distinctively kitschy place in the world of American pop culture. Their inventor, Harold von Braunhut, had a hand in inventing a number of other novelty items — as well as a spring-loaded, concealable weapon. But in

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Missed in History: The Year Without a Summer

Listener Cecille requested an episode on the Year Without a Summer, but it took reading “Without a Summer” from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series to bump it to the top of the list. The novel is set in a

Archaeologist Andrew Reinhard (R) shows off the first "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. Image by © MARK WILSON/Reuters/Corbis
Missed in History: Unearthed! In 2014 Part 2

Our second Unearthed! episode for 2014 is full of things that didn’t really fit any other category, followed by medical unearthings, food and drinks, literature and letters, and, a perpetual favorite, exhumations. Listener mail is from Gini, with a charming

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Missed in History: Unearthed! in 2014 Part 1

In the first of this year’s two episodes on what was literally and figuratively unearthed in 2014, today we talk about some discoveries that tie to past podcast episodes, a few stories that really tip the scales on serendipity, shipwrecks,

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Missed In History: Unearthed! Stonehenge

Every once in a while, something happens that makes me wonder if we’re living in a computer simulation. Maybe it’s a favorite line from a movie that I’m sure I know but turns out to be different the next time

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) listens as Parks Canada's Ryan Harris talks about an image showing one of two ships from the lost Franklin expedition, in Ottawa Sept. 9, 2014. --- Image by © CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters/Corbis
Missed In History: Unearthed! Franklin’s Lost Expedition

One of the stories that hit our inbox the most times in 2014 was the announcement that a wrecked ship from Franklin’s lost expedition had been found. So, today we’re kicking off “Unearthed!” season by updating the 2009 Franklin Expedition

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