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

ca. 1986, Louisiana, USA --- Overview of Ancient Village of Poverty Point --- Image by © Richard A. Cooke/CORBIS
Missed In History: Poverty Point

In a recent search for Native American history subjects for the podcast, I immediately fell in love with Cahokia, often called America’s first city. Just as quickly, I found two major problems with that idea. The first is that we

Another Worth innovation: the label. This one's from a 1900 wrapper. (Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)
Missed In History: House of Worth

It’s time for another fashion episode! Charles Frederick Worth was born in 1825 and eventually broke all kinds of new ground in the fashion world. In addition to making beautiful garments that set the standard for style at the time,

The Alhambra Decree (also known as the Edict of Expulsion) was an edict issued on 31 March 1492 by the joint Catholic Monarchs of Spain (Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon) ordering the expulsion of Jews from the Kingdom of Spain and its territories and possessions (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Expulsion of Jews from Spain

Spain wasn’t the first or only nation in Medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. (It also wasn’t yet the unified nation known as Spain for all of the time this episode covers, but we’re sticking with Spain for simplicity.)

Circa 1900 - Major Walter Reed, conqueror of yellow fever. Walter Reed General Hospital of the Army Medical Center in Washington is named in his honor. (Photo by Photoquest/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Walter Reed

In the United States (and probably elsewhere, at least for people who keep an eye on U.S. news), Walter Reed’s name is sadly synonymous with both military medicine and with neglect and mismanaged care for veterans. But the man himself

Maria Tallchief and Erik Bruhn performing "Swan Lake" in December 1960. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief was the United States’ first prima ballerina, and she was the first Native American to really break into the world of ballet. She and her family were part of the Osage Nation, and they were well-off thanks to

A child chooses a treat while trick-or-treating in the 1960s. (Photo by L. Willinger/FPG/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Halloween Candy!

Several of our Halloween episodes this year have trended toward the creepy and gory (including the Dyatlov Pass incident, the Beast of Gévaudan and the Villisca Ax Murders, if you missed them). So we’re capping off the season with much

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Missed In History: The Villisca Ax Murders

  Today’s story is equal parts terror and tragedy. On the night of June 9, 1912, things seemed normal at the home of the Moore family of Villisca, Iowa. Parents J.B. and Sarah had returned home from Children’s Day at

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How to Find Old Episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class

Holly and I get lots of emails, Tweets and Facebook messages, and even the occasional note on Tumblr, from listeners asking whether we have an episode on a particular topic. Since she and I only worked on about a quarter

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Missed In History: The Beast of Gévaudan

Nowadays, programs to reintroduce or protect wolves in the United States (and probably elsewhere) stress the idea that healthy wolves do not generally attack human beings. But that was absolutely untrue in early modern Europe, when attacks by both rabid

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