Members of Weising Commune smelt steel in rural China during the Great Leap Forward. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Great Leap Forward

Today’s episode is the first in a miniseries on China under the leadership of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. First, we’ll talk about the Great Leap Forward, which was Mao’s attempt to catapult China’s economy over that of Great

Financier Hetty Green --- Image by © CORBIS
Missed In History: Hetty Green

Stuff You Missed in History Class put out its first episode in 2008. Since then, we’ve had (I think) eight hosts, about 650 episodes and thousands of topic requests from listeners. So, it’s not at all surprising when we get

Henry Opukaha’ia
Missed In History: The ‘Heathen’ School

Today’s episode is another example of a forward step in relationships between two cultures, while still being problematic in plenty of other ways. The Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut, was built, in part, to convert the world through seeded

The locomotive known as the General, which was driven northward by the North during the American Civil War. © Bettmann/CORBIS
Missed In History: The Great Locomotive Chase

Another installment from our listener-submitted suggestions for happier history subjects: Today’s episode is about the Great Locomotive Chase, also known as Andrews’ Raid. This is the story of a Northern raid deep into Southern territory during the American Civil War.

Detail of the watch and drawing from an oil painting by Thomas King of John Harrison with the marine chronometer. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Longitude

When we asked for suggestions for happier history stories not long ago, we got a fair number of responses that were closer to “deeply upsetting” than “sunshine and unicorns” on the subject spectrum. Fortunately, Randy not only suggested longitude, but

View of la Scala opera house in Milan. Painting by Angelo Inganni (1807-1880) --- Image by © Leemage/Corbis
Missed In History: La Scala Opera House

The Royal Ducal Theater was the heart of opera in Milan, so when it burned on Feb. 26, 1776, Empress Maria Theresa spearheaded its replacement. The new theater, Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala Opera House, became home to some

With their ill-famed jail breaking prisoner, "Count" Victor Lustig (center), two deputies closely guard the "bad man" on arrival at Federal Court for trial on counterfeiting charges. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Missed In History: Victor Lustig

Today’s episode is about a man who sold the Eiffel Tower for scrap. Of course, he did not own the Eiffel Tower, but this was no obstacle. Also no obstacle: the New York City Federal House of Detention. Our listener

Dyemaker Ignacio J. del R¡o Duenas, watches clusters of female cochineal insects feed on a nopal cactus leaf on his Tlapanochestli farm. Image by © Macduff Everton/Corbis
Missed In History: Colors

In the last year and a half, Holly and I have recorded plenty of episodes that have been requested by multiple listeners. But this is the first time that multiple listeners have requested different pieces of the same episode. Nicole

Dawson City, Yukon, Canada: Yukon river from midnight dome. (Image by © Blake Kent/Design Pics/Corbis)
Missed In History: Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion

Early in the 1900s, Quaker Puffed Rice and Quaker Puffed Wheat were “The Cereal Shot From Guns.” Really. Here’s a commercial as proof. The slogan had to do with how the puffed grain cereals were made, and yet, for some

Wounded prisoners are placed in a truck after the governor declared martial law. (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS)
Missed In History: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you may have seen me put out a request recently for some happier history fare. I’d spent the weeks leading up to that request researching the Doctors’ Riot, the Battle of Blair

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