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

SPAM! And some other vintage-y-looking foods. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)
Missed In History: SPAM

OK, for real this time: It’s a lighter subject to recover from our recent stretch of mostly sad, difficult, upsetting, tragic episodes. (It still has war and injustice in it, and a nod to some labor issues, but it’s mostly

British ship being towed out of harbor before setting sail for Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Lady Juliana

When listener Connie suggested we do an episode about something called the Floating Brothel, it sounded a little … more fun than the real story turned out to be. During the early years of Great Britain’s penal colony in Australia,

A bit of Chaucer (Photos.com/ThinkStock)
15 Banned Books for History Buffs (to Read Online for Free)

For Banned Books Week, here’s a list of banned books with a particularly historical flavor, which are all available to read for free online. Most are fiction, although we’ve got satire, autobiography, a play and a collection of articles as

For Talk Like a Pirate Day: A Pirate Round-up

People all over the Internet (and maybe also in the real world) are talking like pirates today, which is either a delight or a profound annoyance, depending on your tolerance for those sorts of shenanigans. However, considering how popular pirates

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