June 3rd, 2021 | Season 1 | 14 mins 57 secs
blizzard, children, history, midwest, weather
In this episode, we’ll learn about a terrible winter, and a surprise storm that caught many unaware in the US Midwest in 1888.
At a time when finding out the pending weather wasn’t as easy as turning on the TV or opening an app, unexpected shifts could easily turn deadly.
With a temperature that fell nearly 100 degrees in just 24 hours and snow that blinded, the sheer number of tragic stories is staggering. But there are acts of bravery that made a difference.
May 18th, 2021 | 13 mins 34 secs
fairy, fairytale, history, mouse, tooth fairy
You need to begin in Europe to uncover the precursors to the Tooth Fairy. Many cultures, ancient and modern, have developed rituals around losing teeth. Interestingly, these rituals often echo actual burial customs in their respective societies.
May 3rd, 2021 | 13 mins 8 secs
beer, catholicism, history, witch
Today on our show we’ll learn about female brewsters and the beer they created for religious ceremonies and as a practical beverage for the home. Their work dates all the way back to the stone age.
April 13th, 2021 | 11 mins 38 secs
black history, history, women's history, wwii
Today on our show we’ll learn about the “Six Triple Eight”; the only all-female, all-Black, Army battalion during WWII.
Facing a manpower shortage as well as growing pressure to give Black women a more active role in the war, the Army and the Women’s Army Corps (the WACs) formed the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.
They had a specific mission: to sort a two-year backlog of mail for Americans stationed in Europe. It was a daunting task.
April 5th, 2021 | 11 mins 55 secs
children, history, mr. rogers, pbs
Today on our show we’ll learn about child psychologist Margaret McFarland who served as a mentor to Fred Rogers of the PBS children’s television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”.
Behind-the-scenes she worked as Roger’s chief consultant helping build a show that taught generations of children about kindness, make-believe, and love.
In fact his book, “Mister Rogers Talks With Parents”, published in1983, was dedicated to McFarland.
April 1st, 2021 | 40 mins 23 secs
disaster, fire, history
If you Google “worst jobs” you’re going to see things like crime scene clean up and sewer diver, but compared to medieval bell ringer? At least sewer divers can be hosed down. Bell ringers had to be hosed off – like, every surface.
March 22nd, 2021 | 13 mins 4 secs
dracula, history, new england, vampire, vampire panic
Today on our show we’ll learn about The Great New England Vampire Panic which culminated in exhuming dead relatives in several rural towns and villages.
Accusers, searching for vampires, rummaged around the bodies, removing hearts and generally dismantling the corpses, in the hopes of stopping their vampiric family members from draining another victim.
March 15th, 2021 | 11 mins 4 secs
england, history, ireland, tea
Today on our show we’ll learn about a time when poor women drinking tea in Ireland was considered as terrible as if they were chugging down a bottle or whiskey.
March 12th, 2021 | 12 mins 22 secs
can-can, history, monmartre, moulin rouge, paris, victorians
Today on our show we’ll learn about the Moulin Rouge, a famous Parisian cabaret that opened in 1899. Eccentrics, artists, and performers frequented cabarets, music-halls and cafes, joined by members of the middle class, aristocrats, and socialites who were attracted to the night-time pleasures that could be found at the foot of Butte Montmarte.
Balls at the Moulin Rouge were highly coveted events and their finales introduced Paris to a new dance, the Can-Can.
Known for raunchy leg-kicking that caused offence when it first appeared, this scandalous dance offended Victorians and heralded the arrival of a new era in French society.
March 3rd, 2021 | 13 mins 8 secs
citizen scientists, history, london, thames
Today on our show we’ll learn about Mudlarking, which was first described in the 18th and 19th centuries. The original mudlarks were utterly poor, searching for anything they could dig up and sell from the mud of the Thames river, but today’s mudlarks are hobbyists, historians, and treasure hunters looking for clues from the past.