January 25th, 2021 | 10 mins 47 secs
criminology, history, sociology
Today on our show we’ll learn about Cesare Lombroso’s biological theories of crime and the ways "the father of criminology" was the first person to make crime and criminals a specific area of study.
January 18th, 2021 | 11 mins 12 secs
black history, history, politics, presidential, women's history
Today on our show we’ll learn about America’s first black female Vice Presidential candidate.
Running on a platform of “peace and prosperity” Charlotta Bass and her running mate campaigned with the slogan: "Win or lose, we win by raising the issues."
She was groundbreaking in many ways, yet isn’t even a household name. In fact, her name isn’t even on her gravestone, it only mentions her husband.
January 14th, 2021 | 10 mins 12 secs
bugs, crime, entomology, forensics, history
Learn where zoology and forensic science meet to help solve mysteries and murders.
January 11th, 2021 | 11 mins 27 secs
game, history, mystery, occult, ouija
Do spirits want to communicate with the living? Today on our show we’ll learn more about Ouija boards and how people have tried to use them to communicate with those who have passed—as well as to reveal the past and show the future.
When Spiritualists attempted to contact the deceased they sometimes used “talking Boards” the forerunner to the Parker Brothers’ toy you can purchase for only $19.99.
January 4th, 2021 | 9 mins 19 secs
bed, england, game of thrones, henry vii, history, lancaster, tudors
Today on our show we’ll learn about the bed that ended the War of the Roses by joining the houses of Lancaster and York.
When King Henry VII married Elizabeth of York in 1486 he would never have suspected that his marriage bed would show up hundreds of years later in the honeymoon suite of a hotel in Chester, England.
Shout out to fan Josh Frye for his excellent suggestion that we dig into this topic on our show! Thanks, Josh!
December 29th, 2020 | 9 mins 25 secs
concessions, history, lgbtqia, movies, popcorn, trivia
We’ll learn about how the humble act of popping corn became the thing that kept movie theaters doors open during the Great Depression, besting even Gary Cooper and Greta Garbo as a profitable draw.
As movie palaces realized they needed to adapt to survive, owners rethought the sanctity of their plush and litter-free spaces by providing the public a treat many could splurge on and afford.
December 15th, 2020 | 12 mins 43 secs
#roc, cosmic rays, history, lgbtqia, podcast, science, trivia, william leonard laurence
Learn how the New York Times’ very first scientific reporter found himself in the middle of one of the greatest scientific feuds of the modern age.
A disagreement between two Nobel Prize–winning scientists centered not only around the nature and origin of cosmic rays, but also whether God was still on the job.
Their clash made newspaper headlines and defined the debate about the nature of cosmic rays, while revealing the very human sides of superstar scientists to the public.
December 7th, 2020 | 10 mins 49 secs
history, lgbtqia, plague, trivia
we’ll learn about how plague doctors, clad from head to toe in oiled leather, wearing goggles with crystal eyepieces, and beaked masks, came to represent a “costume of death” even as they sought to heal.
November 30th, 2020 | 15 mins 44 secs
cereal, history, lgbtqia, trivia
We’ll learn how that humble bowl of morning goodness, breakfast cereal, came to be a staple even though it began with a lawsuit.
How did a food that originated as part of a spa cure knock beefsteak and boiled chicken from the morning menu for Americans in cities, on farms, and in small towns?
November 30th, 2020 | 16 mins 14 secs
haunted, history, lgbtqia, trivia
In this episode we’ll learn about the most haunted house in the United States.
How did the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester turn an unfinished farmhouse into a 160-room labyrinth-style mansion that was under construction for thirty-six years?
This home served as Walt Disney's Inspiration for The Haunted Mansion and was built to confuse evil spirits. But was the owner crazy, haunted, or lonely?
November 29th, 2020 | 12 mins 46 secs
history, lgbtqia, trivia
Today on our show we’ll learn about the man who was supposed to become the first to build a successful flying machine.
How did a trained astrophysicist with financial backing from the US government end up giving up on his quest just nine days before the Wright brothers successfully flew at Kitty Hawk?