Stuff You Missed In History Class



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  • SYMHC Classics: U.S.S. Akron

    18/03/2023 Duration: 27min

    This 2017 episode covers the loss of the U.S.S. Akron -- the biggest single tragedy in aviation history at the time that it happened. But unless you're an aviation or U.S. Navy history buff, you may not know much about this airborne aircraft carrier.See for privacy information.

  • Behind the Scenes Minis: Murder and Vivisection

    17/03/2023 Duration: 26min

    Holly and Tracy talk about some of the odd details in the Alma Petty Gatlin trial and difficulty finding the right language to discuss alcohol misuse. Then discussion turns to vivisection and the hosts' experiences with dissection in school. See for privacy information.

  • The Brown Dog Affair

    15/03/2023 Duration: 37min

    The Brown Dog Affair was a series of demonstrations and riots surrounding a statue that had been erected in the Battersea area of London, commemorating dogs who had been killed due to vivisection. Research: "Ethical Treatment of Animals." The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology, edited by Jacqueline L. Longe, 3rd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2016, pp. 376-380. Gale In Context: Science, Accessed 2 Mar. 2023. "How the cruel death of a little stray dog led to riots in 1900s Britain; Novelist campaigns for statue of terrier experimented on by scientists to regain its place in a London park." Guardian [London, England], 12 Sept. 2021, p. NA. Gale OneFile: Business, Accessed 1 Mar. 2023. "London by numbers: The brown dog riots; Source: `The Brown Dog Affair' by Peter Mason, Two Sevens Publishing." Independent on Sunday [London, England], 26 Oc

  • Alma Petty Gatlin’s Trial

    13/03/2023 Duration: 35min

    In 1928, a young woman from North Carolina named Alma Petty Gatlin went on trial for the murder of her father. A preacher Alma had confessed to informed authorities, setting off a sensational case that examined confessional privilege. Research: “Girl Sobs as Jury Grants Her Liberty.” The Charlotte Observer. Feb. 23, 1928. “Woman on Trial for Patricide.” Gettysburg Times. Feb. 14, 1928.,5137180 “Little Progress Made in Petty Probe.” The Charlotte Observer. Sept. 6, 1927. “Reidsville Girl Arrested for Murder of Father!” The Bee. Sept. 3, 1927. “Bride Accused of Slaying Father.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Oct. 2, 1927. “Confid

  • SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

    11/03/2023 Duration: 24min

    This 2016 episode discusses the Doolittle Raid, an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the mission was a legend long before his daring efforts in WWII.See for privacy information.

  • Behind the Scenes Minis: Balloons and the Mixed Bag

    10/03/2023 Duration: 17min

    Tracy shares how the recent wave of spy balloon news inspired this week's episode, and the hosts talk about the technology of war balloons. They also talk about G.K. Chesterton, his anti-eugenics writing, and his anti-Semitism. See for privacy information.

  • G. K. Chesterton’s Fight Against Eugenics

    08/03/2023 Duration: 45min

    G.K. Chesterton was a prolific writer across many genres, including fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism, biography, social criticism, theology, and Christian apologetics. He was also a vocal critic of eugenics. Research: "Chesterton, G.K." Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Merriam-Webster, 1995. Gale General OneFile, Accessed 21 Feb. 2023. Schwartz, Adam. "Conceiving a culture of life in a century of bones: G. K. Chesterton and Malcolm Muggeridge as social critics." Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, vol. 11, no. 2, spring 2008, pp. 50+. Gale Academic OneFile, Accessed 21 Feb. 2023. Eden, Dawn. "Thursday's Father; The cosmos in the mind of G.K. Chesterton." The Weekly Standard, vol. 15, no. 47, 30 Aug. 2010. Gale In Context: U.S. History,

  • Balloons of World War II

    06/03/2023 Duration: 39min

    We’ve gotten requests to talk about the balloon bombs that Japan used to target North America during World War II. But these were not the only balloons in use during the war, or the first balloons used for military purposes. Research: Barnett, Glenn. “Another Way to Bomb Germany.” Warfare History Network. June 2021. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "airship". Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 Feb. 2023, Accessed 15 February 2023. Czekanski, Tom. “Museum Acquires Item Related to the First African American Unit in Normandy.” National World War II Museum. 2/1/2020. Drapeau, Raoul E. “Operation Outward: Britain’s World War II offensive balloons.” IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. September/October 2011. Juillerat, Le

  • SYMHC Classics: The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists

    04/03/2023 Duration: 36min

    In 2017, the show covered the fears, prejudices and societal issues that drove the eugenics movement in the U.S., which focused on identifying, sequestering and even sterilizing people who were deemed to be "unfit."See for privacy information.

  • Behind the Scenes Minis: Ellen and Eliza

    03/03/2023 Duration: 24min

    Tracy and Holly talk about the way that the eugenics movement pops up almost any time there's research into late 19th and early 20th century figures. They also discuss the nature of chicken and dumplings in their experience.See for privacy information.

  • The Case of Eliza Fenning

    01/03/2023 Duration: 39min

    Eliza Fenning worked as a cook in a London household until she found herself in the middle of a poisoning accusation. Her controversial trial brought the bias of the 19th-century British criminal justice system into focus.  Research: “Circumstantial Evidence.” The Abilene Gazette. June 23, 1876. Hempel, Sarah. “The Inheritor’s Powder.”  W. W. Norton & Company. 2013. Hempel, Sarah. “Eliza Fenning: the case of the poisoned dumplings.” The Telegraph. June 17, 2013. Clarke, Kate. “Trial of Eliza Fenning.” Mango Books. May 2021. “Circumstantial evidence : The extraordinary case of Eliza Fenning, who was executed in 1815, for attempting to poison the family of Orlibar Turner, by mixing arsenic in yeast dumplings. With a statement of facts, since developed tending to prove her innocence of the cr

  • Ellen Swallow Richards

    27/02/2023 Duration: 43min

    Ellen Swallow Richards was a big part of the establishment of home economics as a field.  But well before that, she broke a lot of ground and was often way ahead of her time. Research: Bettex, Morgan. “A life filled with firsts.” MIT News. 1/26/2011. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Ellen Swallow Richards". Encyclopedia Britannica, 29 Nov. 2022, Accessed 8 February 2023. Chapman, Sasha. “The Woman Who Gave Us the Science of Normal Life.” Nautilus. 3/28/2017. Daniels, Elizabeth A. “The Disappointing First Thrust of Euthenics.” Vassar Encyclopedia. Durant, Elizabeth. “Ellencyclopedia.” MIT Technology Review. 8/15/2007. Dyball, Robert and Liesel Carl

  • SYMHC Classics: Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    25/02/2023 Duration: 28min

    In 2016, Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. joined Tracy to discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which gave rebelling states 100 days to return to the Union or have their enslaved population freed during the U.S. Civil War.See for privacy information.

  • Behind the Scenes Minis: Susie and Rip

    24/02/2023 Duration: 19min

    Tracy and Holly talk about the ways enslaved people found to push back against their enslavement. They then examine the animal welfare aspect of Old Rip’s story. See for privacy information.

  • Old Rip, Famous Texas Horned Lizard

    22/02/2023 Duration: 32min

    Old Rip was a reptile with quite a legend. Some people believed that he survived a 31-year entombment in a courthouse cornerstone, and he became celebrity, even gaining an audience with President Calvin Coolidge. But was it all a hoax? Research: “Toad Alive After 31 Years Sealed in Texas Cornerstone.” New York Times. Feb, 20, 1928. “Coolidge Sees Famous Horned Toad of Texas.” The Greenville News. May 4, 1928. “Texas Horned Frog Upsets Scientists.” Times Record News. Feb. 21, 1928. “Horned Lizard Facts.” Texas Parks and Wildlife.,(actually%2C%20its%20eyelid). “RipFest.” “Texas Court Frees Entombed Toad.” New York Tim

  • Susie King Taylor, Civil War Teacher and Nurse

    20/02/2023 Duration: 40min

    As a child, Susie King Taylor forged passes so her grandmother could go places in Savanna she otherwise couldn’t. As an adult, she penned the only Civil War memoir known to have been written by a Black woman who was actively involved in the military. Research: Hancock, Kelly. “Lunch & Learn Talk by Kelly Hancock: Susie King Taylor’s Civil War.” The American Civil War Museum. 11/15/2016. Via YouTube. "Susie King Taylor." Contemporary Black Biography, vol. 13, Gale, 1996. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023. "Susie King Taylor." Notable Black American Women, Gale, 1992. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023. McCurry, Stephanie. "'In the company' with Susie King Taylor." America's Civil War, vol. 27, no. 2, May 2014, pp. 26+. Gale In Context: U.S.

  • Introducing: The Last Soviet

    19/02/2023 Duration: 03min

    Hey, Stuff You Missed In History Class listeners! The newest hit docuseries of another star-studded podcast, The Last Soviet is live. Go check out the beginning of this thrilling journey with Lance Bass, NSync Superstar, and Russian-trained astronaut!”   About The Last Soviet: Lance Bass, NSync Superstar, and Russian-trained astronaut takes you on a wild ride into space. He tells the story of the last Soviet cosmonaut who is trapped on the world’s only space station, as the country he knows and loves collapses beneath him. On this journey through Earth’s atmosphere in the form of a podcast, Lance introduces you to the woman who won a reality show cosmonaut contest, a ham radio operator in Australia who became a lifeline for the Soviet Space Station, a hustler from Chicago who tried to sell coca-cola to the Russians and the editor of Playboy who took part in a revolution.   It’s one man’s dream to go to space, his dedication to the country he thought he knew and 313 days spent orbiting the Earth. 313 days that

  • SYMHC Classics: U.S. Contraband Camps

    18/02/2023 Duration: 30min

    This 2016 episode covers when three escapees from enslavement showed up at a Union position during the U.S. Civil War. The decision of how to handle the situation fell to Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, and his actions led to a situation for which the government was simply not prepared.See for privacy information.

  • Behind the Scenes Minis: Untangling the Snow Riot

    17/02/2023 Duration: 12min

    Holly and Tracy talk about the many moving parts of the Snow Riot story. They also discuss some details not crucial to the story, including who Arthur Bowen's father might have been.See for privacy information.

  • The Snow Riot and Its Aftermath, Part 2

    15/02/2023 Duration: 33min

    Once the immediate threat of the Snow Riot was quelled, Beverly Snow had to figure out his next steps. Arthur Bowen, Reuben Crandall, and several rioters went to trial, with mixed results. Research:  Provine, Dorothy. “The Economic Position of the Free Blacks in the District of Columbia, 1800-1860.” The Journal of Negro History, vol. 58, no. 1, 1973, pp. 61–72. JSTOR, Brown, Letitia W. “Residence Patterns of Negroes in the District of Columbia, 1800-1860.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., vol. 69/70, 1969, pp. 66–79. JSTOR, “[From the National Intelligencer],” The Liberator. August 29, 1835. Pacheco, Josephine F. “The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac.” University of North Caroline Press. 2010. “Excitement at Washington City.” Georgia Journal and Messenger. August 27, 1835. “Trial in Washington for Circulating Incendia

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