This remarkable photograph is one of the many taken by members of the Andreé expedition in 1897. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS Missed in History: S.A. Andrée’s North Pole Balloon Mission

When S.A. Andrée and team embarked for the North Pole in a hot air balloon, things started to go wrong almost immediately. But throughout all their hardships, the men kept up a seemingly irrepressible positive attitude. Maybe it was the

Soapman, in the mummy collection room at the National Museum of Natural History on Aug. 24, 2010, in Washington, DC. Missed in History: Soap People

I’m not sure what’s weirder: that under the right conditions, a dead body can turn into a soapy substance, or that there are a couple of these saponified corpses in museum collections. Thanks to the right combination of body fat,

A Lower East Side Tenement Museum Room (Image by © Kevin Fleming/Corbis) Missed in History: The Tenement Museum, Part 2

Today’s episode concludes our two-parter on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The museum preserves a historic building at 97 Orchard Street in New York City, while also telling the stories of the families who lived there and of immigration

TenementMuseumFeatured The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Pictures

The Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street preserves immigration history and tells the story of New York's Lower East Side through time. For more information about the museum, its programs and walking tours, visit

Tour group leader and educator Laureen Fredella teaches immigrant history to a group of visiting Israeli teens at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Missed in History: The Tenement Museum, Part 1

While I was out of the office a couple of weeks ago, Holly conducted a wonderful interview with Dr. Annie Polland of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. This museum tells a number of stories: of the tenement at 97

Holly Kuchera/iStockphoto/ThinkStock Mailbag Roundup: Pronunciation Corrections

We’ve gotten a series of corrections about pronunciations in our email over the last several weeks, and most of them haven’t made their way into episodes yet. So here they are, all in one go: “Amherst” is pronounced with no

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

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