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American doctor Virginia Apgar (1909 - 1974), newly-appointed head of the Division of Congenital Malformations of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (March Of Dimes), June 1959. Specialising in paediatrics, Apgar developed the first system of tests, known as the Apgar score, to assess the health of newborn babies. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Missed In History: Dr. Virginia Apgar

“Apgar score” sounds like an acronym — and in the 1960s, a medical resident did rework the components of the score to align with its creator’s name — but it was really the work of Dr. Virginia Apgar. Originally aspiring

A harmonica and box made by one of the companies we discuss in the episode, made to commemorate a summit between Reagan and Gorbachev. Location: Hohner Harmonica Museum, Trossingen, Germany.  Image by © Christopher Cormack/CORBIS Missed In History: Harmonicas

We have a bit of musical history today with a show on harmonicas — their musical ancestors, their development and some of the notable musicians who made their names as amazing harmonica players. Holly reads listener mail from Will and

A bust engraving of Olive Oatman and the title page of the book "Captivity of the Oatman Girls." Image by © CORBIS Missed In History: Olive Oatman

Today’s episode is an oft-requested one (with the most recent request coming in after it was already recorded). Olive Oatman was a frontier girl in 1851, when she was captured by Native Americans who attacked her family. Once negotiators secured

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Holly interviews two archaeologists from Harvard University in today’s episode: Patricia Capone and Diana Loren. As part of an ongoing project with Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Ethnology and Archeology, these two women — along with students studying archaeology — participate in an

Photo Samuel A. Love, used under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Missed In History: Henry Gerber

As we noted in our previous episode on the riots at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria, the LGBT rights movement in the United States was developing long before the Stonewall Riots. There were also gay rights organizations prior to the Mattachine Society

Photo by Gaylesf. Missed In History: Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

Although the Stonewall Riots usually get the credit for starting the LGBT rights movement in the United States, people and organizations had been actively working toward equal rights and legal protections for decades before that event took place. Stonewall also

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You probably have not missed Hokusai’s most famous work: “Under the Wave Off Kanagawa,” better known as “The Great Wave.” It’s been printed and reprinted, made and remade, and morphed into everything from Cookie Monster to a scene with the

An 1886 engraving of a bowhead whale. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Missed In History: Nate DiMeo, ‘The Memory Palace’

Today we’re talking to Nate DiMeo, whose podcast, “The Memory Palace,” has some things in common with ours. Both shows started in 2008, both are history shows helmed by non-historians, and both often tell stories that are just a little

Portrait of Charles IX, King of France (1550-1574). Workshop of Francois Clouet (1515-1572), circa 1555. Image by © Leemage/Corbis Missed In History: Charles IX of France

Here’s one for the folks who’ve written in to say there’s been too much U.S. history from the last 200 years on the show lately: It’s Charles IX, son of Catherine de’ Medici and Henry II, who ruled France in

Fuse/ThinkStock Missed In History: Hippo Ranching, Part 2

In today’s conclusion to our story about hippo ranching, we talk about Fritz Duquesne (the other major player in this scheme) as well as what actually happened when folks tried to bring hippos to the United States as livestock. Listener

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