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 Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe was a massive stone city in southeastern Africa that was a thriving trade center from the 11th to 15th centuries. See more »

Show Notes: Great Zimbabwe

 Show Notes: Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is the largest ancient structure in sub-Saharan Africa, and from the 11th through 15th centuries, it was a bustling city and a thriving trading hub. See more »

Maria Montessori

 Maria Montessori

While she's mostly associated with education, Maria Montessori worked in several fields. See more »

Show Notes: Maria Montessori

 Show Notes: Maria Montessori

In the early 20th century, Maria Montessori created a method for education that combined psychology, anthropology, physiology and multiple other disciplines, which exists in thousands of schools today. See more »

Edmonia Lewis

 Edmonia Lewis

The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time. See more »

Show Notes: Edmonia Lewis

 Show Notes: Edmonia Lewis

Born in the 1840s, Edmonia Lewis became the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to find renown as a sculptor. See more »

Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

 Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

After witnessing the brutality of a battle first-hand, Swiss-born Dunant dedicated his life to easing the suffering brought by war. See more »

Show Notes: Henry Dunant and the Red Cross

 Show Notes: Henry Dunant and the Red Cross

After witnessing the horrors of wartime injuries and the strain they placed on local communities, Henry Dunant became part of the committee of five that would establish the International Committee of the Red Cross. See more »

Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

 Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

Tracy is joined by Erik Lars Myers, founder, CEO and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company to talk about the history of beer. See more »

Show Notes: Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

 Show Notes: Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

Author and brewmaster Erik Lars Myers joins us for a discussion on the history of beer, including its ties to the origins of agriculture and human civilization. See more »

Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2

 Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2

Part two of our annual roundup of unearthed news is a bit of a hodgepodg, including edible finds, art and letters and exhumations. See more »

Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 2

 Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 2

In the second half of our Unearthed! series for 2016, we talk about some finds that have set the historical record straight, a few things that are really big, exhumations, and debunkings, among others. See more »

Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1

 Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1

It's time to talk about all the things that were unearthed in 2016, recurrent things, things that are actually older than we thought, and shipwrecks. See more »

Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 1

 Show Notes: Unearthed in 2016 Part 1

In our annual Unearthed! tradition, we talk about some finds that seem like they happen every year, a lot of things that are older than we thought, and a pile of shipwrecks. See more »

Unearthed! Piltdown Man

 Unearthed! Piltdown Man

The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades. See more »

Show Notes: Piltdown Man

 Show Notes: Piltdown Man

The first of our Unearthed! episodes this season is a look at the Piltdown Man, one of the world's most infamous scientific hoaxes, following an August 2016 paper purporting to solve who did it. See more »

Stuff You Missed in History Class: Salem's History: So Much More Than Witch Stories

 Stuff You Missed in History Class: Salem's History: So Much More Than Witch Stories

Most people immediately think of the 1692 witch trials when they think of Salem, Massachusetts. But the town has a rich history far beyond those events, from its maritime and literary roots to some of the birth of the National Guard. See more »

Maccabean Revolt

 Maccabean Revolt

The uprising of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire during the Hellenistic period is an integral part of the Hanukkah story. See more »

Show Notes: The Maccabean Revolt

 Show Notes: The Maccabean Revolt

The Maccabean Revolt is described as one of the first, if not the first, wars for religious freedom in human history, and it is the origin of the holiday of Hanukkah. See more »

The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3

 The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3

Last year's episodes on non-Santa holiday figures were so popular that this year, we're featuring Frau Perchta, Olentzero, Mari Lwyd and Ded Moroz. See more »