British ship being towed out of harbor before setting sail for Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Lady Juliana

When listener Connie suggested we do an episode about something called the Floating Brothel, it sounded a little … more fun than the real story turned out to be. During the early years of Great Britain’s penal colony in Australia,

A bit of Chaucer (
15 Banned Books for History Buffs (to Read Online for Free)

For Banned Books Week, here’s a list of banned books with a particularly historical flavor, which are all available to read for free online. Most are fiction, although we’ve got satire, autobiography, a play and a collection of articles as

For Talk Like a Pirate Day: A Pirate Round-up

People all over the Internet (and maybe also in the real world) are talking like pirates today, which is either a delight or a profound annoyance, depending on your tolerance for those sorts of shenanigans. However, considering how popular pirates

Mao Zedong with Lin Biao © Bettmann/CORBIS
Missed In History: The Cultural Revolution’s Later Years

Today’s episode closes out our miniseries on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. Picking up where our last episode left off (with the majority of Mao’s opposition purged from the government, and most of the

A member of the Red Guard reads from Mao's "Little Red Book"  (JEAN VINCENT/AFP/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Cultural Revolution’s Early Years

After the fiasco that was the Great Leap Forward and the massive tragedy that was the Great Famine, Mao Zedong’s power within the Chinese Communist Party was beginning to falter. His move to reclaim that power and to once again

The Veil Supernova Remnant in Cygnus (not one of Zwicky's discoveries, unfortunately) © Visuals Unlimited/Corbis
Missed In History: Fritz Zwicky

It turns out, as I learned when Holly gave me the outline for this podcast, that the idea of dark matter has been around since 1933. I’d thought that it was a much more recent concept – possibly because much

Mao Zedong c. 1958, prior to the famine. (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
Missed In History: The Great Famine

Today’s episode is part two in our miniseries on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong. Last time, we talked about the Great Leap Forward, which was an attempt to both turn China into a communist

November 1918:  Airmen and seamen cheering King George V from the aircraft carrier 'Argus' on his visit to the Fleet at Rosyth, on the Firth of Forth. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Missed In History: Dazzle Camouflage

Ever wondered why the British Royal Navy painted ships so strikingly during World War I? The patterns were meant to confuse the men manning the periscopes aboard German U-boats, which had been making short work of British vessels. While British

Sad to say: There is no new evidence to suggest half of all Viking warriors looked like this (stereotype, as the horned helmets are a myth). iStockphoto/ThinkStock
Raining On Your Parade About Those Women Viking Warriors

Here’s a headline that just sounds awesome: Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female. A lot of people have sent us this link these past two days. It raised my “Really?” flag, so I got

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

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