THE PODCAST
harmonicas-660x350 A Brief History of Harmonicas

The deceptively simple harmonica has roots as far back as ancient China, though it really came into its own in Europe in the 1800s.

Olive-Oatman-600x350 Olive Oatman

In 1851, Olive Oatman's family was attacked while traveling near the Gila River in Arizona. Olive was taken by her attackers, and lived for five years with Native Americans before being ransomed by the U.S. government.

Harvard-archaeology-600x350 Archaeology Interview: Harvard Indian College

Holly chats with archaeologists Patricia Capone and Diana Loren about Harvard’s Indian College, the school’s importance to Colonial history and the ongoing archaeology of Harvard Yard.

henry-gerber-600x350 Henry Gerber and Chicago’s Society for Human Rights

In the 1920s, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago with the intent to decriminalize homosexuality. The society's founder was inspired by Germany's homosexual emancipation movement.

compton-episode-600x350 The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco's Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history. After the riot, a grassroots effort grew to improve relationships between police and Tenderloin's transgender commnity.

hokusai-600x350 Hokusai

Hokusai lived during a time when there wasn't a lot of contact between Japan and the West. But even so, he drew influence form Western art, and Western art was greatly influenced by his own work.

dimeo-ep-new-600x350 Nate DiMeo’s Memory Palace

Tracy and Holly talk with fellow podcaster Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace about his research and writing process. You'll also get to listen to two of Nate's episodes along the way! Read the show notes here.

CharlesIX-600x350 Charles IX of France

Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of France was prone to fits of rage so intense that people at court feared for their lives.

Hippo-Ranch_2-600x350 The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 2

Once the effort to import hippos to the U.S. got the backing of a politician, two men with wild and intertwined histories, Frederick Russel Burnham and Fritz Duquesne, were brought on board to serve as experts and advocates. Read the show notes here.

Hippo-Ranch_1-600x350 The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 1

In 1910, the U.S. had a meat shortage and a water hyacinth overgrowth problem. The obvious solution to the double dilemma: Import hippos from Africa.

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