Show Notes: Ira Frederick Aldridge

Ira Frederick Aldridge became one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors of the Victorian age, and was the first black actor to make a name for himself interpreting Shakespeare.

Show Notes: Lucille Ball

Perhaps best known for her physical comedy on "I Love Lucy," Lucille Ball was also the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio.

Show Notes: Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement

When Ed Roberts tried to get financial help to go to college, the Department of Rehabilitation told him his disability made him unemployable. He went on to direct that same agency for 9 years.

Show Notes: Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal

In a tragic love story that's been embellished over the centuries, Pedro I of Portugal fell in love with his wife's lady-in-waiting, who was, years later, posthumously crowned queen.

Show Notes: African Art History with Carol Thompson

In today's interview, Holly talks to Carol Thompson, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Show Notes: Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe is the largest ancient structure in sub-Saharan Africa, and from the 11th through 15th centuries, it was a bustling city and a thriving trading hub.

Show Notes: Maria Montessori

In the early 20th century, Maria Montessori created a method for education that combined psychology, anthropology, physiology and multiple other disciplines, which exists in thousands of schools today.

Show Notes: Edmonia Lewis

Born in the 1840s, Edmonia Lewis became the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to find renown as a sculptor.

Show Notes: Henry Dunant and the Red Cross

After witnessing the horrors of wartime injuries and the strain they placed on local communities, Henry Dunant became part of the committee of five that would establish the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Show Notes: Beer History with Erik Lars Myers

Author and brewmaster Erik Lars Myers joins us for a discussion on the history of beer, including its ties to the origins of agriculture and human civilization.