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Abbott and Costello, Part 1

 Abbott and Costello, Part 1

The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Part 1 covers their rise to fame. See more »

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

 The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the modern world's most infamous incidents of unethical medical research. See more »

A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.

 A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.

One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. But foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed suspiciously. See more »

Three Nuclear Close Calls

 Three Nuclear Close Calls

There have been many moments in history when the world came perilously close to a full-scale nuclear war, due to false alarms or miscommunication. See more »

Live From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft

 Live From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft

Writer H.P. Lovecraft created worlds and stories that continue to be influential more than 80 years after his death. See more »

Speaking With Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein

 Speaking With Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein

Holly interviews Auschwitz survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat about their book 'Survivors Club.' See more »

Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1

 Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1

Roughly 122,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated for much of the U.S. involvement in WWII. See more »

Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement

 Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement

Ed Roberts was a disability rights activist, known as the father of the Independent Living movement. See more »

Maria Montessori

 Maria Montessori

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