Isaac Merrit Singer's first sewing machine, patented in 1851 (1880). From Genius Rewarded or the Story of the Sewing Machine. (New York, 1880). (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Isaac Singer

We’ve gotten a lot of listener requests to talk about Isaac Singer, who moved sewing machines from an industrial tool to a household staple. He was also kind of a jerk. Listener mail is from Abby about the Achaemenid Empire.

The Americans in Okinawa. April 13, 1945. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Desmond T. Doss

Desmond T. Doss has been on my short list (which is actually kind of long) of topics to cover for quite a while. He moved to the top of the list after our recent two-part podcast on Bayard Rustin. Some

Group of contraband slaves at Allens farm house near Williamsburg Road, in the vicinity of Yorkville, Virginia, during the American Civil War, from the New York Public Library, 1862. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).
Missed In History: Contraband Camps

Today we’re diving into detail about a subject that’s been touched on in several past episodes — the escaped, captured and emancipated slaves in Union-controlled territory during the Civil War, who came to be known as contraband. We look at

A picture taken on April 1, 2016, shows the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun displayed in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor, 500 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. (MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Unearthed! (in July!)

We combined an overwhelming preponderance of stories about stuff that’s been unearthed this already year with a poll to solicit listener feedback about what to do with it all. The result: Unearthed! In July, a special midyear episode to talk

Missed In History: Lilian Bland

Ireland’s Lilian Bland wanted to become a jockey. So she did. Then she wanted to become a photojournalist. So she did. Then she wanted to build airplanes and become a pilot. So she did. Basically, whatever she wanted to learn

Stuff You Missed in History Class Summer/Fall Live Shows!

Announcing … a few more live shows this summer and fall! Friday, August 19: Dallas, Texas – We’ll be part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Nights series! The August 19 event is Summer Olympic Games-themed, and our live

The Mary Ann Shadd Cary House / AgnosticPreachersKid (Own work)/CC BY-SA 3.0
Missed In History: Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Listener Derek sent us a great email about our podcasts on Harriet Tubman — about how the terminus of the Underground Railroad has affected perceptions of race and racism in Canada. And in it, he suggested today’s podcast topic. Mary

Missed In History: Too Much Victorian-era Poop

Most folks probably have a sense that the past, in much of the world, was dirty. Dirtier than today. Especially when horses were the No. 1 method of transportation of both people and goods. But … we don’t know, really.

Circa 1745, Retreat of the Highlanders after the Jacobite Rising. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Jacobite Rising of 1745

If you’re sad that there was no new episode of “Outlander” on Saturday, today we have you covered with a podcast on the Jacobite Rising of 1745, including the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie, which has been requested

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Missed In History: Ceres

Holly’s frustration with folks who are still advocating for Pluto’s reinstatement as a planet drove her to research the discovery of another orbiting object that was, at one point, considered a planet: Ceres. Listener mail is a pair of postcards

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