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

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

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