(Public doman photos of the flood's aftermath from National Weather Service, NOAA, Portland, Oregon; and City of Portland Archives and Records)
Missed In History: The Vanport Flood

(Public doman photos of the flood’s aftermath from National Weather Service, NOAA, Portland, Oregon; and City of Portland Archives and Records) Today’s podcast is as much about the creation of Oregon as a state as it is about a flood

'The sailor's revenge, or the Strand in an uproar...', 1749. A crowd of seamen makes a bonfire of the fittings of brothels, presumably in the Strand. Some throw furniture, pictures and other objects from the windows, others crowd in the street, while the women run towards the right. Various remarks come from the people's mouths. (Photo by Guildhall Library & Art Gallery/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Bawdy House Riot of 1668

In early modern London, the thing for apprentices to do on Shrove Tuesday was to go pull down some brothels. But in 1668, the traditional bawdy house riot took a turn — it took place after Lent rather than before,

Lady Flora Hastings (1806 - 1839), lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent, circa 1830. Lady Flora was suspected by Queen Victoria of carrying the child of John Conroy, but the 'pregnancy' turned out to be a fatal hepatic tumour. Engraving by J. Horsburgh after a painting by Kenneth MacLeay RSA. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Lady Hastings Scandal

Holly has made no secret of her love for Queen Victoria — a fondness so deep that she’s been reluctant to research a podcast episode on her for fear of fangirling. To dodge that possibility, today we’re focusing on one

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Missed In History: The Honey War

The title of today’s podcast is a bit of a misnomer — the Honey War wasn’t really a war, and it wasn’t really about honey. It was a border dispute between Missouri and Iowa whose roots go back to before either

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Missed In History: Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906

Thanks to a quirk in our production schedule, this week is Saddest Episodes Week. Today’s installment is the Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906. One of the deadliest mine disasters in history, it claimed the lives of nearly half the miners

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Missed In History: The Schoolhouse Blizzard

The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Children’s Blizzard, certainly wasn’t the deadliest blizzard in the United States, but it may have been the most heartbreaking. It struck after the first clear, above-freezing morning that the Midwest had seen in

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Missed In History: Nellie Melba Part 2

In our second of two parts on famed Australian opera diva Dame Nellie Melba, we talk about the later stages of her career and her eventual departure from the stage. And, of course, we spend some time on the highly

circa 1900:  Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861 - 1931). Peach Melba and Melba toast are named after her. Original Artist: By Elliott & Fry.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Nellie Melba Part 1

Today’s episode is the first of two parts on famed opera diva Dame Nellie Melba. Born near Melbourne, Australia, in 1861, Melba wasn’t recognized as particularly gifted as a child, but she went on to an incredible career on the

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Missed In History: Fashion Plates with April Calahan

We have an interview today! After we got a gorgeous book called “Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style” delivered to the office, Holly decided to get in touch with the author, April Calahan of the Fashion Institute of Technology, for

On March 10, 2015, an archaeologist works at the site where eight mass graves, with more than 200 skeletons, were found under the Monoprix Reaumur Sebastopol store in Paris. (Image by © PHILIPPE WOJAZER/Reuters/Corbis)
Missed In History: Unearthed! in 2015, Part 2

It’s the second part of this year’s round-up on things that have been literally or figuratively unearthed in 2015. Today’s episode is a bit of a hodgepodge — among other things, we’ve got art and letters, food and beverages, and

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