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Missed in History: The Count of St. Germain

In the 18th century, a man who became known as the Count of St. Germain made a name for himself in London, Belgium and the court of Versailles. He claimed to be immortal. He claimed to know the Queen of

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Missed in History: The Pig War

Our episode today comes from the listener suggestion box: Katy wrote to us way back in August of 2013 to recommend that we look into the Pig War. And oh, how glad I am that she did. Essentially, in 1859,

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Missed in History: Eric XIV

Today’s episode has some themes in common with our recent story on Crown Prince Sado of Korea, including a royal family with a history of mental health issues and an ultimately murderous end. This time, it’s from Sweden. Eric XIV’s

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Missed in History: Crucifixion

Within days of our joining the podcast, listeners started asking Holly and me to do a Shroud of Turin episode sometime around Easter. That first spring, it just wasn’t possible – we started in March, and we would have had

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Missed in History: Rose Bertin

One of Marie Antoinette’s many claims to historical fame was her inordinately large collection of opulent, dramatic gowns. Her legendary wardrobe has been criticized and envied to no end. Today’s episode is about the woman who created much of that

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Missed in History: Ambrose Bierce

Thanks to the recent popularity of HBO’s “True Detective” series, many people have found a new (or renewed) interest in the writing of Robert W. Chambers. A book of short stories he wrote in the late 1800s called “The King

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Missed in History: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

I was surprised to learn when researching this podcast that only 31 percent of physicians in the United States are women. I’ve always lived in areas where I could choose a female doctor if I wished, although there are definitely

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Missed in History: Foot Binding

For many, the Chinese tradition of foot binding calls up immediate, unpleasant (or perhaps infuriating) connotations. And while the practice was undoubtedly painful and debilitating for many Chinese women and girls – and it affected virtually every facet of their

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Missed in History: 13 Reasons for the American Revolution

Remember that listener mail we read in response to our episode on the Boston Massacre? The one from Andrew, who grew up outside London, which talked about the tone of school lessons taught in England on the subject of the

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A Note on Mount Everest’s Trash Problem

We talked a lot about how much trash currently litters Mount Everest in this week’s podcast episodes. We recorded them on Feb. 18, as we built up a buffer to cover some planned vacation time. A couple of weeks later

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