Leonhard Seppala, whose route was the longest of the serum run, races his team, led by Billikin and Togo, in the 1927 Maine Dog Derby. (Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS)
Missed In History: The Nome Serum Run

Today’s episode is another frequent listener request. In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, put a community in grave danger. There was only one hospital, and its supply of diphtheria antitoxin was both running short and expired – and

A salt-making area in India. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Great Hedge of India

Today’s episode is a listener request from months and months ago. Shortly after our April 2013 episode on Australia’s rabbit-proof fence, listener Christopher asked us to talk about the Great Hedge – a similarly giant effort by the British to

How to Contact Stuff You Missed in History Class

Lots of folks have been getting in touch on Facebook and Twitter lately to ask what our email address is, or what the best way is to contact us. We also know lots of folks listen to the show in

A carved figure of the 9th Legion’s standard bearer. Image by Carole Raddato, used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Missed In History: The ‘Lost’ 9th Roman Legion

It’s time for another history mystery! We know the 9th Roman legion, also known was the Ninth Spanish Legion or Legio IX Hispana, existed. But we don’t really know what happened to it. The archaeological record doesn’t quite align with

Ruined stage of the Iroquois Theater after the fire, looking down from the balcony. From the Chicago Daily News collection. (Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Iroquois Theater Fire

Today’s episode wasn’t actually what I’d planned to research and record in this spot. As I was winding my way through a particularly hard-to-pin-down topic, I realized it just wasn’t possible to do it justice in the time I had.

Henry Hudson on his last voyage. He was set adrift with son and 7 others by mutinous crew. Engraving after a picture by John Collier. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Henry Hudson Part 2

Today, we conclude the story of Henry Hudson. It goes down a long, cold road toward mutiny and abandonment. Our listener mail is in three parts. Colleen sent a booklet about women pilots of World War II. Listener Yvonne also

Henry Hudson receiving his commission from the Dutch East India Company. Original painting by Chappel. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Henry Hudson Part 1

Today’s subject has a little of everything, both good and bad. Henry Hudson was an explorer who was at first employed by an English firm called the Muscovy Company. And when he failed to do what his bosses had tasked

United States Navy Submarine USS S-5 launching in 1920. (Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The S-5

We’ve talked a lot about shipwrecks on the podcast, but not so much about submarine disasters. I can’t speak for past hosts, but, for my part, the idea of being stuck in a submarine floundering on the bottom of the

Verreaux sifaka (Kira Kaplinski/Hemera/ThinkStock)
Missed In History: The Verreaux Brothers

When Holly picked the subject for today’s episode, she was inspired by the lemurs shown in this picture – the Verreaux sifaka. They live in Madagascar and were named for naturalists who traveled the world, collecting and mounting specimens, in

Aimee Semple McPherson circa 1935. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Missed In History: ‘Sister’ Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson broke all kinds of barriers in the 1920s, becoming a prominent evangelist with a large following in an era when many denominations excluded women from leadership roles. She published several books and established a church in the

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