A French print by the Thierry bothers showing the appearance of the landscape and inhabitants of the Moon.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) Missed in History: The Great Moon Hoax

In 1835, a New York newspaper printed a series of articles about fantastic discoveries of life on the moon, made thanks to a particularly impressive telescope. Every bit of it was patently false. We talk about the “discoveries” themselves, whether

Residents at Letchworth Village, a New York institution for intellectually disabled children that opened in 1911 and closed in 1996. Missed in History: P.A.R.C., Mills and Special Education

We wouldn’t normally jump into another court-related episode so quickly after our recent series on segregation in the United States. However, today’s show comes from a listener email we received after wrapping up that series. Listener Amy wrote in to

Two young women riding on a merry-go-round at a fun fair in Battersea, London, 1953. (Photo by Carl Sutton/Getty Images) Missed in History: Carousels

Today, carousels are mostly relegated to the children’s section of fairs and parks, but during their heyday, they were a beloved diversion for people of all ages. In today’s episode, we talk about the (possibly apocryphal, but charming) story of

A single breast cancer cell. (© Science Picture Co./Corbis) Missed in History: Dr. Vera Peters

We’ve made no secret of the fact that our lists of episode ideas — both our own, and the ones listeners have submitted — are incredibly long. But sometimes, even with hundreds of subjects to choose from, nothing really grabs

Step Pyramid of King Djoser (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images) Missed in History: Djoser and Egypt’s First Pyramid

Of all of Egypt’s pyramids, the ones Giza get the bulk of the attention. But those weren’t Egypt’s first pyramids — the pyramid of Djoser, also known as the step pyramid, is older than all of them. Today we talk

Spectators run from the blazing Big Top of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus at Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images) Missed In History: The Hartford Circus Fire

The Hartford Circus Fire has a lot in common with other deadly fires that have been covered on the show before, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, covered by previous hosts, and the Iroquois Theater Fire, which Holly and I

Night Witches from left to right: squadron navigator Yekatrina (Katya) Ryabova, flight commander Raisa Yushchina, navigator Mira Paromova, and squadron commanders Nadezhda (Nadya) Popova and Marina Chechneva, eastern Pomerania, 1945. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images) Missed In History: The Night Witches

Listener Allison asked us to talk about the Night Witches before Holly and I even joined the podcast — it was one of the last listener emails Sarah answered before stepping away from the show. Mallorie was next … followed

From "Self-Portrait as a Lute Player." Found in the collection of Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Missed in History: Artemisia Gentileschi

She’s often called the greatest female painter of the Baroque period, which is a bit of an odd description. There were, of course, plenty of women who painted in the Baroque period, but very, very few reached the level of

The Codex Gigas on display during the opening of the six-week exhibition in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Hana Kalvachova/isifa/Getty Images) Missed in History: The Codex Gigas

Its name just translates to “Giant Book,” but the Codex Gigas is an important chronicle of both secular and religious history in Bohemia. It also contains a particularly dramatic picture of the devil, which has led to some people calling

A large crowd gathers in South Boston's Columbus Park to protest federal court-ordered busing of black students to all-white neighborhood schools, 1975. (Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images) Missed in History: Brown v. Board Part 2

The battle to desegregate schools after the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education gets a lot of attention in classes on American history and the American Civil Rights Movement. But the struggle to integrate schools went on

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